Great sci-fi ideas; a little less so with the story line though,
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This review is from: Saturn Returns (Astropolis) (Paperback)
This is my first read of a Sean Williams novel. It was recommended to me, way back in 2008, having been nominated for a Philip K Dick award in 2007. I've enjoyed reading it. Its what I would classify as hard science fiction, with little compromise for the casual reader: I certainly wouldn't be recommending it as a place to start for anyone beginning to take an interest in the genre. The ideas covered in the book are not particularly new but the expert writing takes those ideas to a level that other writers have often failed to achieve.
The book is let down a little by the storyline running through it. It just wasn't that interesting a tale. It was a bit slow in pace, in contrast to the vast timeline that is covered in the novel; in fact, the story almost seems at odds with the extraordinary universe that Sean Williams has created. Overall, this is a worthy nominee for the prestigious sci-fi Award. This is the first in a trilogy, and I will be reading the next in the series.