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This review is from: Galileo's Dream (Paperback)
I've always been cautious about Kim Stanley Robinson, given that people praise the Mars trilogy, which for me was tedium broken only by wondering how often once could use the word 'regolith'. He redeemed himself with 'The Years of Rice and Salt', which was still a bit too mystical for me, but it made me think about the science we take for granted.
No such worries with 'Galileo's Dream' though. It works at every level. If you're RC, please read it, if you're a materialist, please read it, if you want a novel that makes a nod to biography or history, read it. I cried at the end, and I'm proud to say so. It's a masterpiece, so "Bravo' seemed the right title for this review, KSR is a maestro with this book.
Thought experiment: Do you *know* how a telescope works?