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The Star Fraction: Book One: The Fall Revolution Series: A Fall Revolution Novel [Paperback]

Ken MacLeod
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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5 Sep 1996 Fall Revolutions (Book 1)

In a newer world order where the peace process is deadlier than the wars ...

Moh Kohn is a security mercenary with a smart gun, reflexes to die for and memories he doesn't want to reach.

Jamis Taine is a scientist with a new line in memory drugs, anti-tech terrorists on her case and the STASIS cops on her trail.

Jordan Brown is a teenage atheist with a guilty conscience, a wad of illicit cash and an urgent need to get a life.

Between them they've started the countdown to the final confrontation, as the cryptic Star Fraction assembles its codes, the Army of the New Republic prepares its offensive and Space Defence lines up its laser weapons for the hour of the Watchmaker ...

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (5 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857238338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857238334
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full-time.

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Stunningly assured, inventive and intelligent. THE STAR FRACTION is richly readable and riddled with accuracies. The book takes near future fiction into cyberian places it hasn't dared go before. SF bibliographies better take note; grab a first edition now before they disappear; this man is going to be a major writer. (Iain M. Banks)

He's clever, witty, and his future has just the right grainy feel to it (SFX)

Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes ... watch this man go global (Peter F. Hamilton)

An immensely exciting SF adventure ... The Star Fraction is an auspicious debut (STARBURST)

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The debut novel from a major force in SF, the first of his novels to be shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fractionalized Politics 27 Oct 2002
Those who like the safe, the normal, the everyday commonplace should not read this book, as it is certainly anything but. Macleod creates a world where the US/UN is the bad guy, where England is divvied up into many semi-autonomous city-states, each of which have their own idea of what the perfect society should be, and most of whom are at gun-point loggerheads with all the others, where the Net is pervasive and invasive, and may just be the locus of the real world power, a conscious AI, and where your ideas and assumptions about anarchy, communism, socialism, and capitalism will be stood on their head.
The main characters of Moh Kohn, mercenary extraordinary, Janice, bio-chemist, Jordan, programmer and rebeller against the purantistic creed of his birth society, and Catelin, idealist and Kohn's former lover, are well realized and interact with each other and the rapidly changing socio-political environment in believable manners.
The plot is very fast-paced, almost too much so. At the beginning of the book we are dropped into this wildly different future with very little explanation of where you are or what the overall world picture/history is or how it got that way. The casual reader who is not steeped in science fiction, in being able to accept things as they are presented, and hold his questions in abeyance will probably feel lost and confused. These items are really not explicated in cohesive detail till near the end of the book, with bits and pieces presented all along the way, as the reader is carried along pell-mell through this odd society with each twist and turn of the plot.
Stylistically, the work uses pretty utilitarian prose which gets the job done and is normally unobtrusive, but is not likely to garner any awards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Sci Fi from Ken MacLeod 29 July 2013
By Ian
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I'd been meaning to read a Ken Macleod novel for some time and as I'd heard good things about this, I thought I'd give it a go.

This is a very intelligent, inventive, original and superbly written book. It's no secret Ken has left-wing leanings and, like the much missed Iain M Banks, he's not afraid to weave this into his work. It contains a well-constructed plot, great characterization and enough technical stuff to keep the biggest nerd happy. Again, as with Banks, the high-concept stuff meshes perfectly with the character-driven story. He has created a fascinating, believable yet very worrying vision of the future. I found it thoroughly enthralling and just I couldn't put it down. I'll definitely be reading the rest of Ken's work.

We may no longer have Iain's books to look forward to, but Ken is right up there with him in terms of the quality of his writing and the fertility of his imagination and I'd urge anyone who loves quality Sci-Fi to give this a read.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book for lefty lads 20 Nov 2007
By Peter Shield VINE VOICE
Well I hit all the buttions- a lefty man with a techno fixation who loves North London so this book was right up my street, though a little tough on the Greens- Ken must have spent too much of his time enguageing with deep ecologists and eco-feminists and not understanding the concepts of eco-socialism but I'll forgive him his blanks spots. The story is not exceptionally original but the setting and world he outlines is fundamentally different from the usual sci-fi extrapolations.
Buy the book if you are a lefty lad- don't bother if your not- you'll miss 90% of the jokes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I don't pretend to know a great deal about the theories of Trotsky or socialism except in a very generalized way, but I must say, this book (and the sequels) are absolutely fantastic. The society that MacLeod describes is intensely interesting, especially for a teenage product of good ol' American capitalism such as myself. It is an eye-opener to the different schools of thought out there, even if the anarcho-capitalist society is extreme by today's standards. The technology and AIs are also interesting for all those "hard" sci-fi fans, so it has some of it all, and is masterfully written - unlike many lower quality authors, it doesn't reveal everything at once, and actually leaves some things up to the reader to figure out. Overall, absolutely incredible. I suggest everyone read it, whether you are a communtist dissenter or a capitalist pig.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bordering on genius 23 April 2005
My missus found this for a couple of quid in a charity shop, and what a lucky find - after reading The Star Fraction I was straight on Amazon buying everything else available by MacLeod. I'm a huge fan of Gibson, Neal Stephenson etc, and I'm so happy to finally find a convincing British voice to rival them... Yes - unlike the other reviewer here, I really think he does have a very distinctive voice of his own; partly this is the constant (but never tiring or distracting) wordplay and punning which give the text an almost poetic density and richness, but also a great passionate intensity, leavened by a good old bit of British corrosive sarcasm and realism. OK, it's not the easiest going - it's not Tom Clancy that's for sure - and you really need to read closely as the small detail is vitally important, but the excitement of the plot and the relationships was more than enough to keep me focussed and gripped all the way through. The science kicks arse too; I'm no expert but I have several freinds involved in AI / artificial life / evolutionary systems, and the science in Star Fraction certainly *feels* plausible. I really like the politics too: the extrapolation of ideas to ludicrous extremes and the revelation of the paradoxes in politics (e.g. the extension of green politics being fascism - something which I've long suspected myself - and the logic of 'free market socialism') are both funny and really thought-provoking.
As you can probably tell I'm a convert; I really can't find anything bad to say about this book. It's a classic, and one that I'll be re-reading soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by G Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like British hard sci-fi you must read this...
Mix 1 part Alasdair Reynolds to 1 part Peter F Hamilton and a splash of politics and maybe a hint of Ian M Banks. So good I had to get the series. Read them end-to-end. Read more
Published 6 months ago by pacmantoo
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
These books are a MUST. Bang on track with current global situation.
Reading them for the second time a few years later and getting even more than the first time!
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan May
1.0 out of 5 stars What a boring novel....
I want to like Macleod's books, the premises seem so interesting, I love science fiction, politics and history. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stand-alone introduction to a promising trilogy
While this is the first installment in a trilogy, it still works well as a stand-alone novel, and, unlike many other first installments, it actually has a proper end to match its... Read more
Published on 3 July 2010 by D. R. Cantrell
2.0 out of 5 stars You can not be serious
There's nothing like good science fiction - and this is nothing like good science fiction. I hate to labour the point, but I've been reading sci-fi for over 50 years and cut my... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2008 by F. M. Muse
3.0 out of 5 stars Rich in ideas but ultimitely flawed
An interesting, original and enjoyable romp that portrays a future Britain in the grips of political turmoil. Read more
Published on 23 May 2008 by G. J. Marsh
2.0 out of 5 stars Vastly disappointing, another worthless Banks endorsement.
My normal mode of sci-fi selection is to brace myself, buy one with a convincing cover and, if it's any good, read through the author's other works and then repeat. Read more
Published on 12 May 2008 by Mr. M. A. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Below average
Firstly, I think this deserves maybe 2.5 stars if I could have given it that, as it's not as bad as 2, but really not quite deserving of a 3! Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2007 by A. Kennedy
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful
Did another reviewer really compare MacLeod to Neal Stephenson?

After good reviews, this book was a major disappointment to me. Read more
Published on 31 May 2006 by Steven Wood
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