M and racism The racism is the worst bit The protag oesn t think that women are less capable but the author idn t even think to include women in commanding roles in the space ships or in most of the story There were four or so female and only one of them had any agency and only the end of the story characters only one them had any agency and only at the end of the story the rest of it she was a trophy for the main characterAnd the racism the main character is mixed race white and pacific islander For reasons that aren t really well explained Caucasians are generally espised and the current world governmentempire is Mongol and by that I think they mean Asian I read the authors comments attributed to the protag as an implied OMG YELLOW PERIL The author also has something and I m not uite sure what it is other than a South Asians are so mystical thing going on about South Asians who in this book now live on another planet The author refers to them as Hindic I wasn t sure how I felt about thatI m giving this two stars because some of the elements of this book were intersting and the writing itself wasn t bad Don t bother reading it though if you re unimpressed by sexism and racism I got this in an ebook edition from Story Bundle about that in a momentThe book itself was a bit of a let Miss Shumway Waves a Wand down I love Gregory Benford usually but this one seemed to lack the usual magic There were good ideas but the plot and pace were uneven and the ending was curiously underplayed Perhaps it was because this was Benford s first novel I think and he still had plenty to learn about the craftThe edition I read was scanned from text and converted to ebook format I know this because of the many glaring mistakes in the text that are typical OCR errors The formatting wasone by a company called Mr Lasers who should be ashamed of themselves for letting so many mistakes through to the published text I may have become exposed to Benford while on break from seminary in the late seveties I was impressed his writing being good his science being better than average This novel is less concept The Touch driven than some being primarily focused on the character of the protagonist Like most of Benford s work it s good though I prefer the conceptriven stuff generally. R is Sanjen able to function again It's at this point that Tonji now his superior sends him to supervise the efense of a remote planet called Veden where the real story begins Sanjen must survive assassination attempts civil unrest religious fanatics mind control and seemingly endless treacher.
Gregory Benford ↠ 2 DownloadI read this after the wonderful collaboration with Brin in Heart of the Comet unfortunately was rather isappointed with this rambling tale Interesting book The cultural Different Class development in this is first rate asking interesting uestion about the place of culture and society in human relations what happens when those bonds breakown and what happens in the aftermath In the far future mankind has through some vaguely The Essential Good Food Guide describedisaster
Become A Mono Culturea mono culture by and based upon a sense of Community Throughout the book this mono culture is frayed and Textbook of Wisdom destroyed by alien influence Against this backrop the protagonist struggles the book this mono culture is and In Defence of Dogs destroyed by alien influence Against this backrop the protagonist struggles to what is happening and how he can survive it Trying not to go into spoiler territory here Even though the last uarter of the book falls apart a bit it is still a fascinating read Zowie the themes in this one Crippling contagious agoraphobia as a weapon Humanity s esire to explore and expand ReligionCan t really sum this one up It has perfectly horrifying moments like the housing used by the folks mentioned with the above malady Here s a hint it s called The Slots This was confusing I couldn t tell who was talking alot of the time And it seemed like than once a scene would just all of a sudden change with no warning For example the main characters were in a house and then all of a sudden there was etails of them flying How the heck The City in Mind did they get to the ship Just not well written at all I bought and read this paperback ages ago in 1987 and had pretty much forgotten the story When I saw the title as a part of the newest Story Bundle Iusted off the paperback and reread itBack then I saw Benford primarily as a hard science fiction writer a working physicist who would use his expertise to tell a story That aspect certainly is there in the way he handwaves the tachyonic FTL technology giving it a sciencey surface underneath which it is no plausible than any other FTL Revenge (The Red Ledger drive Heid write scientific papers on the hypotetical tachyons if I remember correctly and the gimmick in Timescape is also based on them His understanding of physics is evident in little No One Wants You details throughout the storyBut he also tackles much larger themes In fact his Capt Ling Sanjen suffers thru a mutiny thatishonors him an illness that nearly estroys him a war that redeems him A Caucasian in a post apocalyptic world where Orientals rule Sanjen's a social misfit His career as a fleet captain ends when he makes the mistake of being right while everyone ,
Rose suffers a little from overloading There are little etails and asides that he tosses in nonchalantly with a few sentences where other writers would give them tens or hundreds of pagesThe twist at the end is actually pretty clever and he Penguins Poems for Life does not overexplain it which means that a subset of readers will not get it There is a kind of intellectualetachment in his prose even when he is writing intense action scenes Some readers will not like that either Benford tends to portray the when he is writing intense action scenes Some readers will not like that either Benford tends to portray the as vast and uncaring Sentient beings are tossed into it to live for a while and perhaps make some sense of it I just could not get into it I really wanted to like this book but I lost interest about 13 of the way through I made myself read another third but I just uit at that point I just could not get interested in the characters The plot seemed excellent an alien race attacking humanity with a isease that causes agoraphobia except there are some people who recover It was the execution that failed this book The premise would be interesting were it written in a ifferent style and with a ifferent climax The characters are totally unrelatable and a good #75% of the book is just ry bizarre rambling I would like to say that the casual racism is #of the book is just Divine Beauty dry bizarre rambling I would like to say that the casual racism is a product of the era the book was written in or possibly a narrative choice but it is still jarring Ultimately the climax kind of fizzles to a non climax as the main character wavers back and forth villains areispatched or forgotten in moments and plot twists are presented with zero pomp or circumstance I get that it was trying to be philosophical but a boring and annoying book is not going to get anyone thinking about philosophy This is terrible both the story and the book I got this as an ebook from a story bundle of some Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone description For starters the OCR is terrible and the book is formatted in a way that makes my ereader struggle to manage the whole turning pages thing There were out of place puncutation burn became bum and we ll became well etc I also suspect pages went missing because there were some jumps in the story that made zero senseSecondly the story Benford can write it s just that the story is chocked full of sexis. Lse is wrong gets courtmartialed on the word of his trusted 2nd in command the unscrupulously ambitious Tonji Ignoring Sanjen's advice the Empire gets embroiled in a one sided war with the mysterious beings known as the uarn with catastrophic results Only after surviving a long bout withespai.