- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857238338
- ISBN-13: 978-1857238334
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 3.2 x 15.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Star Fraction: Book One: The Fall Revolution Series: A Fall Revolution Novel Paperback – 5 Sep 1996
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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)
The debut novel from a major force in SF, the first of his novels to be shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.See all Product description
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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 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 ›
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 14 months ago by Graham Sterry
An interesting supposedly possible future of Britain though too much wild political theorising. The computing concepts are a bit off-true but well developed. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2014 by Malcolm W.
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