- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; 2011 edition (8 Dec. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575108231
- ISBN-13: 978-0575108233
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Floating Worlds (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 8 Dec 2011
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A seminal feminist SF novel of the highest literary quality, comparable to the works of Joanna Russ and Ursula K. LeGuin.
About the Author
Cecelia Holland was born in 1943 and is a well-known and acclaimed writer of historical fiction. FLOATING WORLDS is her only SF novel.
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The core of the book is the contrast between political systems at a time of crisis, how they impinge upon the central character, and the extent to which she can work within them or has to adapt to them. It is about power, both personal and institutional, and the interrelationship between them.
On the negative side, I agreed with another reviewer that you never find out much about what drives the central character - she is a bit of a clothes-horse on which to hang the plot. The descriptions of future technology have dated badly and are not convincing. And yes it is too long and the ending is a bit flat.
But I am still thinking about it a month after reading it, and that to me is the mark of a good sci-fi work.
As one of the so-called classics of seventies science fiction I guess this is a book that all sci-fi fans should read; just don’t expect it to be particularly groundbreaking.
I felt that the ending left so many unanswered questions, and wondered if there was an intended sequel.
I selected this book to read on my Kindle for two reasons. Many years ago I read "Rakossy" by Cecelia Holland and thought it was an excellent book. I also enjoy reading science fiction, so this seemed a good choice.
For me the book didn't read like a novel but rather as a treatment for a lurid, violent, sexually explicit SF soap opera, and to be honest, if it were ever made I would probably watch it!
The reader is asked to sympathise with a woman who collaborates with a group of racist, violent slavers who inhabit the moons in the Outer Planets of the solar system. Written in the 70s, it wants us to excuse them as they are somehow 'sticking it to the Man', but what this actually means in the book is that anyone who vaguely went against the main protagonist ends up being murdered, enslaved or brainwashed.
If it was some kind of study on the effects of slavery, both for the slaves and the masters, I could see a point to this book. It isn't.
Definitely a book of its time, but not one I could recommend
Most Recent Customer Reviews
just wish there was a sequel to find out what happened next to the characters in this book and where the universe expanded to nextPublished 22 months ago by Marilyn Dunn
I thought this started off with a fairly unlikely premise but it develops well. The story is slightly dated in places but still works.Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book disturbed me. I can see why reviews are either 5 stars (I wish I could see what these readers saw) or 1 star. Read morePublished on 26 May 2013 by Mrs. H. E. Downing
All the reviews so far have said how good this book is - and it is.
They have all said it is shamefully overlooked outside the small SF world - and it is. Read more
I own three copies of this in case it goes out of print again and I lose it; it's that good. This book has everything. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2006 by Fluffycakes