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Dreaming Metal by Melissa Scott

August 25th, 2007

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Science Fiction

One thing I love in a story is a setting you can tell the storyteller really put some thought into making unique and real. Which is the reason I stopped watching the new Battlestar Galactica. Melissa Scott has done that and the results are incredible. There’s established ethnic and political and artistic histories and conflicts that are not only detailed and completely natural but actually impact that characters and story.

Speaking of which, fortunately, the story is good, too. I think it’s a stand alone sequel and I missed the first one, which sucks, but the world Scott has created is so compelling I think I’m going to read it even though I know how it ends.

Roughly the story is about the conflicts surrounding the possibility of a true sentient artificial intelligence (think Cybernetic Samurai vs. “computer” from Star Trek) arising. It’s rich, it’s detailed and very, very compelling. And it’s a multi-POV story a la GRR Martin, with some changes in person (first to third) between POVs, which is interesting once you realize it.

  1. Tony
    August 26th, 2007 at 11:18 | #1

    Once upon a time, I had the time and energy to read.

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