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The Wellstone Mass Market Paperback – March 4, 2003
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Bascal and cohorts cause havoc until the Constabulary arrests them. His mother Queen Tamra lectures him on behavior of a future monarch, but Bascal points out he will never be the ruler. Having a taste of revolt and sneaking an earthling female Mary into his entourage, Bascal begins a revolution against the ruling party while the government bungles in their efforts to stop the wild bunch from winning the Fax Wars.
THE WELLSTONE is a wild futuristic satire that entertains while pushing the audience to think through to outcomes of current solutions to problems. The story line hooks the reader the moment Bascal and horde escape camp using Fax technology. Their subsequent adventures are fun to follow as if Wild In the Streets occurred across the Solar System. The key characters seem real enabling fans to believe in Fax Technology and immortality though wonder why we do. Will McCarthy provides a winner that will leave the audience applying his logic to modern day issues in order to estimate the outcome not just the output.
While THE COLLAPSIUM had a "Tom Swift" type quality, this one is a boy's adventure story retold for adults. While satirically light hearted, it does have a disturbing underlying theme reminding me of THE LORD OF THE FLIES.
This adventure is quite independent of THE COLLAPSIUM and just as enjoyable whether or not you've read the earlier book.
The conflict between the main two characters fuels the book. Like THE COLLAPSIUM, the themes of immortality and of cloning duplicate selves are thoroughly examined, especially in light of the psychological effect on human nature. This time, it's the effect on young people being raised with expectations of immortality that's spotlighted.
Highly recommended to all science-fiction fans, and to those periphally interested in the genre.
But Bascal is not to be thwarted. With Conrad's sometimes reluctant help, with the help of a semi-accidental recruit, a teenaged girl named Xmary who was arrested by mistake in the earlier incident, and with the continued help of Bascal's less intelligent henchmen, he hatches another audacious plot. They use the properties of programmable matter to create "homemade" solar sailship from the planette, and they head for the nearest working Fax gate. But a surprise awaits them there ...
I thought this even a better book than The Collapsium. It lacks the previous book's almost insouciant inventiveness -- the "Tom Swift" nature I referred to above.Read more ›
In this novel, a few decades have passed since the marriage; King Bruno and Queen Tamatra have a son, Prince Bascal. A born leader, he is most often found leading his companions into trouble. His parents have sent him to Camp Friendly on a miniature planet in the Kuiper Belt and he takes over the camp, terrifying the director and counselors, and then breaks out to return to Earth.
The prince has come back to Earth to start a revolution (which is a surprise to his fourteen male companions). They gather upstairs in a cafe outside Denver and start partying. The prince gains the confidence of a local girl, Xiomara Li Weng, and aspires to attain access through her to a network of young people in the Denver area. He is planning to trash the Queendom or, at least, the wellstone in it.
As the group is becoming organized, the Constabulary appears and place the escaped youngsters under arrest. At least, the cops think that they have all the escapees, but they fail to notice that one of the arrested boys is really a girl, Xmary, and so Feck is still at large. The revolution continues.
This story is told from the point-of-view of Conrad Mursk, one of the prince's companions. Conrad (as Radmer) is also the protaganist of the framing story, wherein he travels to a miniature planet to retrieve Bruno de Towaji to correct a problem with the "squeezed" Luna.Read more ›
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Book is fantastic, a great hard science fiction novel for those who are into space travel, cloning, and science ethical issues. Exciting, funny and well-writtenPublished on May 26, 2014 by Aish
I couldn't stand this book. Well I read the whole thing, but it was painful. Prince Bascal is such a psychopath it really was no fun to read. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by milkfilledandroid
The obvious SF instance is DUNE. Same here.
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I was first introduced to Wil McCarthy via his book BLOOM. I really enjoyed this and find myself recalling much of the imagery involved. It was a great tale. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by David H. Carmer
How can this book be a sequel when it: 1) the main characters in Collapsium only make a cameo appearances, 2) when the Collapsium storyline jumps 80 years into the future doesn't... Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by 2theD
This is a very interesting sequal to Collaspsium, continuing Mr. McArthy's well thought out "science-magic" witha good dose of Lord of the Flies. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by William G. Patton
I was perhaps expecting something...different after reading the first book of the series (COLLAPSIUM). Read morePublished on May 11, 2004 by Avid Reader