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Good story, bad author
on August 7, 2016
The story is really good: likable, well developed characters (for the length of the book and its audience), excellent plot, audacious idea. Truth be said, this book almost deserves five stars.
Where it falls short is in the baggage that the author extrapolates to the settings of the story. For example, corporations/hegemonic-government are depicted as contemptuous towards human life, and that's considered normal. The main character is homosexual but everybody else is as awkward towards homosexuality as twenty century teenagers. What are the moral heights you describe in your epitaph Hugh?
Also, the settings of the story is very fuzzy and where it intercepts with the plot it ruins it. The plot hinges around the greed of corporations/hegemonic-government, but nowhere in the book it says what they are after. Is it metals? but what would you do with it? transport it across hundreds of light years? Or are the bad guys interested in just a viable settlement? The plot denies the last choice, so it must be the first, but why send humans when the computer can do the mining on her own?
The described natural environment is gorgeous, probably one of the bests I have read in Sci-fi. But here again the author forgot to add a little bit of variety: a natural environment unaltered by civilization must have millions of species, not just three or four.