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Highly readable and imaginative
on 10 January 2014
A great sequel to one of my favourite Vance novels. This episode is more concerned with plot and as such is less funny than Araminta Station, which in typical Vancian fashion pokes fun at the social mores of an imagined society and in doing so illuminates the human condition. Of particular interest here is one of Vance's rare female protagonists. While it is tempting to view his approach to gender relations as old fashioned, I think that he shows a real insight into the female condition. At every turn, the pretty Wayness Tamm is threatened by sexual advances and assaults, which she regards as par for the course, and avoids with great aplomb. Depressing, really. I can't help but agree that if ever mankind does scramble off this orb and populates space, the same problems that beset society today will still do so in thousands of years time.
This is a four-star Vance novel, but deserves five stars in comparison with everyone else.