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Welcome back Paula Myo (though at the time of writing this Amazon calls her Paula Mayo in their book description....)
on 3 January 2018
This really deserved to come out of my to be read pile much earlier than it actually did. Hamilton has become known for doorstop sized books that come in either daunting pairs or even more daunting trilogies. However these short stories show that he can pack just as much clever, sense of wonder infused, science fiction into the short story format. Two of these stories are also greatly helped by the appearance of a familiar Commonwealth Saga character Paula Myo.
Hamilton is fabulous at creating huge impressive vistas, both in terms of space and in showing the spread and timeline of conjectural human societies. However, like many of even the best science fiction authors, his individual human characters often have a two dimensional quality where they mainly perform a function or a plot role rather than being simply interesting in themselves. Paula Myo is very much the exception to that rule, and she adds greatly to the stories she features in. There is a great deal of irony in this, in that her origin story might lead one to think that she would be a difficult character to empathise with. In fact the reverse is true and in these stories we and she herself, begin to see what makes her unique.