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The Void Captain's Tale Kindle Edition
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The claustriphobic and incestuous life of the starfaring rich is beautifully drawn, their small minds a counterpoint to captain and Pilot.
The language is worthy of note, being a melting-pot mixture of European tongues (mostly English, thankfully for me), doggerel ("revulsive" and "tranquillify") and archaisms ("mayhap"),which lends an Otherness to the whole experience.
This novel is full of contradictions; intensity and formulaic ritual, passion and a medieval 'fin amor', transcendence and bigotry. Thought-provoking, darkly humorous and intriguing.
To the contrary, Spinrad's tale of transcendence, however fantastic, is not readily dismissed. It lingers, having pointed directly at the human dilemma, being torn between what's practical and what our hearts really long for. But Sprinrad is no scripture writer, no temple is erected, and yet every reader can be enpowered. Who needs a contrived God when anyone can look out at the stars and feel overwhelmed by the Void, when everyone's heart feels ready to make the Blind Jump? ... Did you jump? The others seem to have forgotten. But Void Pilot Dominique Alia Wu is not to be forgotten. Can you captain the Void? This remarkable book with intoxicating language may help you answer that.
I don't know if that's how the author got the idea for this story - making an imaginative connection between the phrase 'sex drive' and all those spaceship propulsion cliches of SF, hyperdrive, etc, but in the book a spaceship's ability to leap across the starry vasts is enabled by an orgasm brought about by intercourse, of a sort, between the vessel and the pilot. I won't give away the plot, but it has something of the defiant anti-socialness and seedy gothic of Edgar Allan Poe. The book is very well written. The characters speak in a neolexical English that incorporates a lot of words and phrases from other European languages delivered in a slightly pompous, high-flown manner. To say Mr Spinrad gets away with this sounds like faint praise, but since most attempts at this sort of thing fall horribly, cheesily, flat, then it is actually a laurel - the only better one being Burgess's unsurpassed Nadsat.