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on 14 October 1999
This book is as good as anything MacLeod has written, but it's important to realize that it does *not* take place between Star Fraction and The Cassini Division - instead, it is *another* possible continuation of the story started in Star Fraction.
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on 23 July 1999
The fourth installment in MacLeod's series opens as mankind attempts to reach the stars again. Centuries before, the Deliverance destroyed everything in near-Earth orbit and separated Earth from the space colonies.
The Sky Road fills in some of the history between The Star Fraction and The Cassini Division, explaining who triumphed between the Greens and the hi-tech forces last seen struggling for dominance. Yet it's never really apparent when exactly the novel's present is. Nor does the past presented entirely match what else we've learned. MacLeod's style mirrors the central theme of the novel: how true is the history we know?
MacLeod continues to mature as a writer. Characters are more thoroughly fleshed out in this novel. The overall style and pace of writing is much smoother than that of The Star Fraction.
If you've read MacLeod's other novels, this is highly recommended. If you haven't, go back and start with The Star Fraction and read in publication order.
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on 18 June 2001
Macleods four books in the 'Star Fraction' series have a wondeful feel of reality about them.
Some of the reality I can testify to as a participant in the far-left political milieu of the early '70s (1970's that is). However the way in which Macleod has extrapolated from the differing visions so hotly disputed then (various forms of socialism and anarchism and even anarcho-capitalism) is excellent. He creates as real a feel for his fictional futures as his 'drama-doc' reporting of the 70's.
It is good to see someone bringing politics back into future history (SciFi) - too much of the rest read as if Francis Fukuyama's "End of History" is true. Even Ken Macleod's mate Iain Banks doesn't capture the complexities and conflicts that will continue to aflict human societies - however advanced. ('The Culture' would keep Fukuyama happy - even if Banks' other ideas are very good...).
(Prof.) Colin Talbot
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on 18 March 2016
becoming a sad fan
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on 13 July 1999
The Sky Road is a much nicer novel than the first three. The world has changed and artisans drink beer in the market squares in the independent villages and cantons of Scotland. Behind it all however, lies struggle, pain and the loss of idealism.
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