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He was one of the best hard science fiction authors, and in my opinion, his The Way series was his best work, which would put it among the best of science fiction. But most sleepwalking Americans, at the time, had no clue of the Eurasian (and Eastern European) realities of the times. Maybe if you liked Banks' The Algebraist or Hamilton's Night's Dawn you'll like this - similarly bloated balderdash disguised as serious science fiction. They tried to picture it further but had nothing to go on, so instead they had bad, non-sequiturial sex, followed by an evening of his condescension of her. The only character that exhibits some kind of development is Lanier, when in a moment of weakness starts a relationship with one of the other scientists, and that’s when I took a liking to him.

In the early 2000s, a mysterious rock appeared in our solar system, slowed down and then stopped in a stable orbit around Earth. Most of the remainder of the human race now reside in a hollowed out asteroid that was found floating in a distant earth orbit. In the last chamber, they find the opening to a tunnel that extends way beyond the size of the asteroid.Upon exploration, we discover that the asteroid is hollow, has artificial gravity and is divided up into seven huge chambers, some of which contain cities. Probably things that are bigger inside than they are outside are just metaphors for the human brain. All of the various characters are well-rounded, an important attribute when one has such a large ensemble cast. But she spends most of the book in some kind of haze, as if she can’t quite believe what’s happening.

Maybe if you liked Banks’ The Algebraist or Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn you’ll like this – similarly bloated balderdash disguised as serious science fiction. Computers seem able to communicate "subliminally" with humans, but Bear never goes into the nuts and bolts. The characters: I read this a couple of years ago, and the characters were flat, so I remember little about them.A global nuclear catastrophe is imminent, but let’s not tell anybody aside from these 11 people with security clearance. The pacing is a little slow to begin with but gathers momentum to become quite the pager turner by the second half of the book.



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