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L. Neil Smith is the two time winner of the Prometheus Award for Best Libertarian Fiction for his novels "Pallas" (1993) and "The Probability Broach" (1980). As founder and National Coordinator of the Libertarian Second Amendment Caucus, publisher of the on-line magazine "The Libertarian Enterprise", and a Life member of the National Rifle Association, Smith is renowned for his prominence in the Libertarian movement, of which he has been a part of for more than thirty-five years. Author of more than twenty books, Smith has been hailed for his ability to combine adventure, humor, and rivetingly original political concepts to create more compellingly than any other writer, novels that embody Libertarian concepts. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604502606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604502602
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Curtis M. Howland on October 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Remember watching Star Trek for the first time? Or Star Wars?

Back before infinite special-effects budgets, when actual actors brushed dirt off their clothes when they fell down.

I wanted to join Star Fleet, even if it meant wearing a red shirt. I wanted to fly the Millennium Falcon, even if it meant being on the edge of broke or running scared once in a while. Still do.

This is how _Tom Paine Maru_ feels to me. Real people, doing stuff I can see myself doing in their place.

Not just see myself doing, the world (multiverse?) Smith has put together is one I would jump into with both feet without hesitation if the opportunity came up.
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I purchased a copy of this when it was only available in digital form, and am convinced that it is one of the great space operas of our time. Note, I did not say science fiction - I said SPACE OPERA - this story is larger than life, grand, and speaks to great themes that most science fiction is too timid (or pessimistic) to address any more. Not only that, it presents a coherent ethical and social view of the universe that is far more hopeful and compelling than anything we see from the average writer these days.

If you enjoyed the original Star Wars, or remember Robert Heinlein with fondness, this is a book you simply will not be able to put down. Read this book, and enjoy a universe in which governments are treated as the vile, parasitic cancers that they truly are.
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Regardless of whether you're a Blue state koolaide drinker or a Red state iconoclast this book is more than just science fiction. It lays bare the useless and destructive nature of politics in general and government in particular. Thought provoking and argument starting from cover to cover.

A darn fine read indeed!
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Tom Paine Maru is one of those books that once you get started you won`t want to put it down until you are finished.
The basic story is about two men from a barbarous authoritarian culture come into contact with a starship from earth. The two men
are quite different. One is of the nobility and one is a peasent/servent. Their society has been cut off from earth for hundreds
of years, and they experience major culture shock. Earth culture, and the culture aboard the starship is very different from
anything they have ever experienced. A free society where individual rights and individual freedom has become almost the
cultural religion.
The peasent suddenly discovers he is a free man and the other discovers that not only does his nobility mean nothing in this new
culture, they are openly hostile to the very concept of it. He is a free man, but basicly has become a bum without any useful
skills in a high tech society where everyone is equal and expected to pull their own load.
Both have major problems adapting, but from different ends of the spectrum.
A good read with much food for thought long after the book is finished.
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Like many other of Smith's books this one got a captivating story that is hard to pull oneself from. Although the ending is rather easy to guess, storytelling in itself is great. It's about personal choices and lust for power, hate and motivation. I don't agree with quite a bit of author's foundation for his sociological views, but rather frequent philosophical debates in the book are, all the same, interesting.

My main reason to give four stars instead of five is the lack of diversity in characters: they are very, very uniform, beside the main char and villain. Another reason is due to debates, which sound more like lectures. And the last, but not least, greed, the main driving force of the described civilization, doesn't manifest itself at all in the book.

All in all, a good book, but worse than The Probability Broach or The Venus Belt from the same author.
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I'm a huge Heinlein fan, and have read just about everything in the genre ... Weber, Ringo, etc. That being said, I just couldn't get into this book. It was dissociative writing at it's finest, with little of the libertarian satire wrapped in an engrossing story I have found Smith's other books to be. I had to put it down twice but returned each time to finally reach the end.
Definitely not what I was hoping for!
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Super good book!

I previously read L. Neil Smith's book The Crystal Empire and really enjoyed it.
Tom Paine Maru is just as good in it's own way.

This book is a two thumbs up no holds barred rollicking good time.

I recommend!
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