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Oath of Fealty Mass Market Paperback – December 26, 2007
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About the Author
Larry Niven, a multiple award-winning author, is renowned for writing science fiction which is solidly based on authentic science. His Known Space series is possibly the most popular SF series of all time, and includes the novel Ringworld, which is one of the few novels to have won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards, and is recognized as a milestone in modern science fiction. He and his wife live in Chatsworth, California.
Jerry Pournelle is a reigning master of military science fiction, widely known for his novels of John Christian Falkenberg and his legion of interstellar mercenaries. His other novels include Janissaries, Exiles to Glory, High Justice, King David’s Spaceship and Starswarm. With Larry Niven, he has collaborated on a string of New York Times best-selling novels, including Lucifer’s Hammer, The Mote in God’s Eye, Footfall, and many more. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.
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But there is plenty of action and plenty of gadgets, technology abounds. The characters are a little flat and do not seem to develop through the narrative but their invovlement in the issues and with each other is well portrayed, especially the women in the book. No fainting fems or damsels waiting to be rescued, although one is rescued. There is a rape scene and it is very unrealistic regarding the victim's reactions during the rape and the aftermath.
Still, it is a good read, just not the best from Niven and Pournelle
I read all the reviews with interest; I was particularly struck by the few that said this *wasn't* science fiction! I am a huge fan of science fiction, and by that I mean fiction that looks into the future, and tries to imagine what life would be like and how science and technology have evolved and the effect it has. Remember, this was written in 1981, and we JUST got giant TVs that can hang on the wall; we *now* have (cellular) devices that can transmit and receive data while driving at freeway speeds; we DO NOT have an artificial intelligent computer that can respond to natural language queries; we DO NOT have colonies on the moon; we *DO NOT* have computer links that go directly into your brain, and while there are machines that can bore tunnels under cities, they certainly aren't as cool as the one described in the book!
Yes, the book has a significant libertarian slant, but just because you don't like it's politics doesn't make it a bad book. Like all fiction, there has to be a certain 'suspension of disbelief' to keep it fun (Tolkien, anyone). The bad guys have to appear a little crazed, otherwise how could they justify sending the kids into the breach (and their deaths)? The good guys have to have a reason to do what they do, and high taxes, high crime rates, and self-serving politicans are a good reason to build a mile-square building!
I really liked the depiction of life in the 'city'; how someone would live, how they would defend it (alas, much harder now in the aftermath of 9/11), how they would improve it, what would you give up to live there, and how would it affect society around it.
I enjoyed the 'poetic license' the authors took in making Los Angeles fit into their story, but the one thing I can't figure out is why they deliberately mis-quoted the Sixth Amendment as the amendment protecting citizens from unreasonable search and seizure!
Anyway, I highly recommend this book, but like many classics you have to give some allowances for what was supposed to be state of the art technology (I'm still waiting for the atomic powered cars we were supposed to have by now!). Hopefully it will entertain you, while also causing you to think a bit about society, and what is good and bad, and would *you* want to live in a place like this?
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Well developed story. A future not to distant.