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Interesting ideas, but it left me with a profound sense of loss and sadness
on 27 April 2017
A book full of interesting ideas. However! The protagonist distributing the most powerful weapons in the known universe to ordinary people and insisting that there should be no more elites, showed the optimism and naivety of the 1950's. Readers in the 21st Century know that giving people access to incredible technology (globe spanning networks, a searchable database of all the worlds knowledge) does not elevate humanity. It makes us more tribal, insular and confused by fact and fiction. The stars might be our destination, but first we have to stop thinking like cave dwellers. I liked the book, hated the protagonist and felt sad that the dream had died in the 70 odd years since the book was written.