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Hel's Bet: Book II of the Hel's Bet series (Hels' Bet 2) Kindle Edition
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The cast of characters is fun and engaging, the engineering and physics is convincing, and the zany romp so wild it's a great read. And yes, there's a purple cow in the book.
I really enjoyed Channel Zilch, so I was waiting rather impatiently for the sequel to come out. Hel's Bet continues the zany fun of Channel Zilch, although there are some serious moments as well. While the first book was a globe spanning criminal caper about stealing a space shuttle, the second book is more of a light-hearted philosophical romp about people, their relationships, and the technological singularity, all set within the confines of a orbiting spaceship. Although the book's namesake, Hel, is an improbable real-world-person, she's the perfect foil for the protagonist, Mick, and the rest of the crew to explore the many ideas in Hel's Bet.
I also love that the author managed to tell a fun tale while sticking with real current and near-future technology and actual science including accurate orbital mechanics.
While some of the in space actions and close calls seem a bit unlikely a chain of successful dealing with crises and seat of the pants astronautical skill and sheer "dumb luck" it is quite enjoyable to read a story of non-super humans doing things we seem to have forgot about doing, such as humans doing much of anything beyond LEO in space.
But most of all I love the dedication to a positive and wild future, the beacon call of radical hope and the reminder of what is possible. I am no stranger to Singularity lore. The book gets much of it right. It is so easy to forget what is possible and just "get caught up" in the mundane. I am very grateful for the reminder. I am grateful to have some of the jambs knocked out in an amusing and entertaining fashion.
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