The Star Fraction: Book One: The Fall Revolution Series Hardcover – 28 Sep 1995
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Stunningly assured, inventive and intelligent. THE STAR FRACTION is richly readable and riddled with accuracies. The book takes near future fiction into cyberian places it hasn't dared go before. SF bibliographies better take note; grab a first edition now before they disappear; this man is going to be a major writer. (Iain M. Banks)
He's clever, witty, and his future has just the right grainy feel to it (SFX)
Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes ... watch this man go global (Peter F. Hamilton)
An immensely exciting SF adventure ... The Star Fraction is an auspicious debut (STARBURST) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The debut novel from a major force in SF, the first of his novels to be shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The main characters of Moh Kohn, mercenary extraordinary, Janice, bio-chemist, Jordan, programmer and rebeller against the purantistic creed of his birth society, and Catelin, idealist and Kohn's former lover, are well realized and interact with each other and the rapidly changing socio-political environment in believable manners.
The plot is very fast-paced, almost too much so. At the beginning of the book we are dropped into this wildly different future with very little explanation of where you are or what the overall world picture/history is or how it got that way. The casual reader who is not steeped in science fiction, in being able to accept things as they are presented, and hold his questions in abeyance will probably feel lost and confused. These items are really not explicated in cohesive detail till near the end of the book, with bits and pieces presented all along the way, as the reader is carried along pell-mell through this odd society with each twist and turn of the plot.
Stylistically, the work uses pretty utilitarian prose which gets the job done and is normally unobtrusive, but is not likely to garner any awards.Read more ›
This is a very intelligent, inventive, original and superbly written book. It's no secret Ken has left-wing leanings and, like the much missed Iain M Banks, he's not afraid to weave this into his work. It contains a well-constructed plot, great characterization and enough technical stuff to keep the biggest nerd happy. Again, as with Banks, the high-concept stuff meshes perfectly with the character-driven story. He has created a fascinating, believable yet very worrying vision of the future. I found it thoroughly enthralling and just I couldn't put it down. I'll definitely be reading the rest of Ken's work.
We may no longer have Iain's books to look forward to, but Ken is right up there with him in terms of the quality of his writing and the fertility of his imagination and I'd urge anyone who loves quality Sci-Fi to give this a read.
The issues he raises about the intertwining of technological and political/social change are fascinating. This is what the best SciFi ought to be about - exploring what it means to be human, or not....
He's even given me some good ideas to explore in my 'day job' as an academic.
Incidentally, I actually published the 'Harry Wicks' edition of "The Transitional Programme" (The Star Fraction, p151) and interviewed Harry to get his intro. (Back in the days when I worked for the International Marxist Group, British Section of the FI).
Keep it up Ken.
(Prof.) Colin Talbot
Buy the book if you are a lefty lad- don't bother if your not- you'll miss 90% of the jokes.
As you can probably tell I'm a convert; I really can't find anything bad to say about this book. It's a classic, and one that I'll be re-reading soon.
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Enjoyed the story. Mr MacLeod wears his socialist credentials proudlyPublished 5 months ago by Graham Sterry
Mix 1 part Alasdair Reynolds to 1 part Peter F Hamilton and a splash of politics and maybe a hint of Ian M Banks. So good I had to get the series. Read them end-to-end. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2014 by pacmantoo
These books are a MUST. Bang on track with current global situation.
Reading them for the second time a few years later and getting even more than the first time!
I want to like Macleod's books, the premises seem so interesting, I love science fiction, politics and history. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
While this is the first installment in a trilogy, it still works well as a stand-alone novel, and, unlike many other first installments, it actually has a proper end to match its... Read morePublished on 3 July 2010 by D. R. Cantrell
There's nothing like good science fiction - and this is nothing like good science fiction. I hate to labour the point, but I've been reading sci-fi for over 50 years and cut my... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2008 by F. M. Muse