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4.0 out of 5 stars flawed but fascinating, 23 Jun 2012
This review is from: Earthling (Hardcover)
This story attempts a long view for humanity, without the usual triumphalism, and with unusual adversaries. As urban civilization collapses assorted tribes emerge: some, the foresters, retain a high biological technology, but ferociously insist that none of their number breed (so they are constantly recruited as infants from neighbouring tribes); others play out brutal versions of American football, with their slaves; others have still more brutal ways of restricting population growth. All through this future a remnant mining machine gradually improves in artificial intelligence, just in time to encounter and make sense of the long slow thoughts of the tectonic plates below us, and a very strange invasion from outside. It's flawed: lacking in sympathetic character development, and with far too many ideas jostling for position. But it doesn't deserve the poor ratings from! At least it sticks in the mind - even the bits that I'd really rather didn't!
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Earthling by Tony Daniel (Hardcover - Jun 1997)
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