Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children #1)Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Loved this book, a science fiction novel with a slightly unusual setting: a mid-term future in which Africa is one of the world powers and humanity conquers (and exploits commercially) a good chunk of the solar system. There are a few inconsistencies and loose ends but on the whole the story is solid, nd well told, the characters (at least the main personas) are believable. It does stretch at times your suspension of disbelief but this is something I often find in SF. The author admits that some of the 'science' he posits is made up but a lot of what this future brings is believable, apart from the political distribution of power, which looks mightily improbable from the point of view of this 2017 in which dark forces seem to get the upper hand in the world. I found it a very good, enjoyable story. And there are elephants, what more could you ask



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Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon's Children #1)Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Loved this book, a science fiction novel with a slightly unusual setting: a mid-term future in which Africa is one of the world powers and humanity conquers (and exploits commercially) a good chunk of the solar system. There are a few inconsistencies and loose ends but on the whole the story is solid, nd well told, the characters (at least the main personas) are believable. It does stretch at times your suspension of disbelief but this is something I often find in SF. The author admits that some of the 'science' he posits is made up but a lot of what this future brings is believable, apart from the political distribution of power, which looks mightily improbable from the point of view of this 2017 in which dark forces seem to get the upper hand in the world. I found it a very good, enjoyable story. And there are elephants, what more could you ask



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This is a short story in which Bear makes Doc Holliday (_the_ Doc Holliday of the Wyatt Earp and gunfight at the OK Corral fame) find himself guiding some mysterious outsiders interested in a rusting wreck that one of the group describes as a 'starship'. This was part of a collection I'd got from Amazon for something like 50p and, together with a short story by Charlie Stross, is by far the best of the book. Wild West SF! Alien starships! Gunfights! Time trav-ah, that might be a spoiler :) Enjoyed it enormously and now you can get it for free as Tor are giving away a compendium of their science-fiction short stories as part of their fifth anniversary celebration. You do have to register at their web-site, mind.

Their web address is:
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/08/five-years-of-stories-free-download-extended
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