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Floating Worlds (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Kindle Edition
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This book puts its main character, Paula Mendoza, in this situation, and her reactions are an eloquent exposition of the anarchist ethos. If you get stuck on the mercenary, politically-incorrect way Paula uses sex to get what she needs, like several reviewers of this book, then you miss the author’s larger point. That point (I imagine) is that you lose your identity and relevance when you cede your individual agency - An important message now when people seem keen to identify with groups of every kind.
The book’s political sophistication is deceptively subtle, and the story is so well crafted and executed that elements forming its moral subtext often seem like incidental window-dressing.
Another neglected gem the Gollanscz SF Masterworks series has resurrected.
As one of the so-called classics of seventies science fiction I guess this is a book that all sci-fi fans should read; just don’t expect it to be particularly groundbreaking.
For me the book didn't read like a novel but rather as a treatment for a lurid, violent, sexually explicit SF soap opera, and to be honest, if it were ever made I would probably watch it!
The reader is asked to sympathise with a woman who collaborates with a group of racist, violent slavers who inhabit the moons in the Outer Planets of the solar system. Written in the 70s, it wants us to excuse them as they are somehow 'sticking it to the Man', but what this actually means in the book is that anyone who vaguely went against the main protagonist ends up being murdered, enslaved or brainwashed.
If it was some kind of study on the effects of slavery, both for the slaves and the masters, I could see a point to this book. It isn't.
Definitely a book of its time, but not one I could recommend
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