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4.0 out of 5 stars Sociology not Politics, 18 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Stone Canal: A Fall Revolution Novel (Fall Revolutions) (Paperback)
After a couple of times through the Fall Revolution cycle I finally realised that Macleod isn't really a radical left winger. At least not in any traditional sense.
Far from being preaching any political ideology, these books - and Stone Canal in particular - are a fascinating study in the sociology of radical movements. The details, from the brands of beer, the incessant smoking, the black denim jackets, the badges and the jargon, are fascinating and engaging.
It is in these details that Macleod is at his strongest, not the fairly familiar SF themes of computer science, artificial intelligence and artificial life. My favourite passage in the book is where the narrator talks of 'warping space' to rescue his daughter balanced precariously at the top of a climbing frame. The story of an individual and family progressing from near to far future is powerful and moving. The scenes from the parallel story-line in Ship City are, by contrast, unconvincing.
In the endless maze of galactic empires modelled on our feudal past and onanistic ten volume fantasy nonsense, this book is the exit sign. There are few like it in the SF field today. Read it. Don't agree with it or believe it. Be provoked, and question the version of political history written by the victors.
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