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Mostly meandering off-orbit,
This review is from: The Planets (Paperback)
A particularly strange book that struggles to establish its reason for being. Walking through the planets of the solar system in turn, we are presented with a combination of data, stories, history and mythology. For Mars, this takes the form of an essay from a Martian meteorite writing on behalf of the planet; for the outer planets, a biographical approach is used to describe the discovery.
Best considered as a Plutino - this book sometimes drifts inside the orbit of relevance but mostly stays well outside in the uncharted Kuiper belt. While Longitude was a concise story well-suited to the author's informal style, it was possibly a mistake to tackle the planets in the same style.