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5.0 out of 5 stars Lights on for the Territory, 21 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Light (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
M John Harrison returns to SF and Space Opera, but that's not all: this is isn't just a pastiche or piss-take in the vein of his 1974 The Centauri Device, it is something richer - a quantum romance. Through the three intertwined narratives that carry us back and forth from the start of our new millenium to the cusp of 2400AD, we travel from the dark that is in the soul of genius: Michael Kearney - physicist and serial killer, Seria Mau - psychopathic pilot of the future; out into the trans-stellar rebirth of Ed Chianese - a man without a past, or a man with too much of a past, and into the psychological revitalisation of the fractured psyche of Anna Kearney.
While Light plays with the language of dazzling sciences and pseudo-sciences, at heart it's a novel which appeals to all of our humanity. What are we to make of these character's cynicisms and despairs? Only the shallow reader who isn't prepared to dirty themselves in the muddy waters of empathy will not get the point of this novel. As with quantum theory, it's not possible to sit back in judgement and watch the players from a distance playing out their atrocities on the bejewelled stage of the Kefahuchi Tract. We have to get in there with our own violence and stupidity and transcendence. Or in the words of Ed Chianese: "Go deep!"
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Initial post: 7 Dec 2012 13:10:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2012 13:13:45 GMT
A. Rodgers says:
"Only the shallow reader who isn't prepared to dirty themselves in the muddy waters of empathy will not get the point of this novel." Ah, that'll be it, then. Ignore those foolish reviewers who say that it's the lack of an advanced degree in quantum physics that's to blame.
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