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on July 28, 1999
It appears that Ben Bova didn't look any farther than Primetime television to research his characters, as they all exhibit the glossy stereotypes one would normally find on TV at 8:00. From the die-hard blond reporter whose first rule of survival is "Don't go to bed with a man until you get what you want;" the Japanese science leader who decorates his cubicle with watercolors of birds and mountains for "comfort;" the british doctor who hides his sexual obsessions beneath a veneer of refinement.... and even the main character, a half navaho American geologist (they'd make the Indian a rock doctor, don't you know) who apparently lapses into his ancestral language during bouts of intense emotion, the racial stereotypes abound. As if this wasn't bad enough, the plotting is an uncannily watered down shadow of Kim Stanley Robinson's "Red Mars" and it jumps between locations at breakneck speed, never allowing the reader to understand any specific chronology of events. I finished this book for the SOLE reason that I could not believe that it would continue to be so bad! Unfortunately, it did, and it does. I don't recommend this book at all, if you are looking for cardboard characters, predictable plotlines, and no depth, watch a sitcom. Skip the book
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