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on 24 March 2014
In terms of plot concepts, Robert Charles Wilson is one of the most imaginative writers in SF today. Darwinia, The Chronoliths, and Spin all featured different unique setups for their story. Burning Paradise is not just a worthy successor to these award-winning novels: in my opinion, it surpasses all of them.

Burning Paradise takes place in a pretty nice future: international wars have pretty much ceased, and life is generally peaceful and pleasant. But a small group of people are aware that there is a sinister side to their lovely existence: humans are being subtly psychologically manipulated by aliens -- but to what purpose?

I will not reveal much of the rest of the plot, other than to say that Wilson has concocted some interestingly atypical aliens - beings who are malign without being malevolent.

The plot thus raises some interesting questions:

Can beings who do evil things, without having evil intent, still be considered evil - especially if they also do some very benevolent and beneficial things?

If the world is peaceful and pleasant due to the psychological manipulation of aliens, is that really such a bad thing?

This novel has a more well-defined and satisfying resolution than other Wilson works, and it's my favorite of those by him which I have read so far.
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