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Itation of resources and disastrous climate change Long out of print it has been completely rewritten by the After reading the first one hundred pages I can say this is better than I had hoped it would be As good as any Jack McDevitt and just as big in its scope and ambition Kellogg manages to create a world that is not only fantastic but very believeable as well Now if I only had time to sit down and read it all at onceOkay I found the time and it was well worth it This book really caught my attention Kellog manages to tell an older style sci fi story without it feeling dated or too light weight It is a lengthy book but don t be put off by that Turn off the TV computer or whatever takes up your time and read this one It s worth it

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Lear's Daughters

Authors to reflect the cutting edge knowledge and research on environmentalism of the twenty first century This 700 page science fiction novel took me a long time to read I read two other books before finishing it and though it was slow going at times I really liked it Both the Terran scientists and the Sawls natives of the planet they re visiting are complex believable characters who grow and change as they get to know each other and face many different types of challenges The central mystery is continually engaging and has a satisfying conclusion the planetary and climate science of the planet Fiix is uniue and interesting and even the evil character has different levels Hard to recommend because of its length but I think readers who like hard sf with an anthropological twist would really enjoy it

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Set in the future on a distant world Lear’s Daughters tackles the issues of global warming pollution explo I d just watched a BBC adaptation of Shakespeare s King Lear and so was intrigued by the title of this book and by its massive sizeTurns out this is a revised and combined edition of two novels from the mid 1980s The Wave and the Flame and Reign of Fire originally published as by M Bradley Kellogg As such this volume is an interesting example of changing trends in marketing and perhaps too of a relaxation of gender biases in sf publishing Science fiction s history is full of tales about authors who were dissuaded from selling books under their own names I don t know whether that s the story behind this particular name change but I do find it interesting that Kellogg s original works passed completely under my radar despite their themes which I would have thought tailor made for me whereas this edition caught my attentionSince I haven t read the originals I don t know how much has been changed but this updated version struck me as fairly well done virtually seamless I could not tell where the novels had been spliced together and devoid of jarring anachronisms apart from the occasional charts and illustrations which were not updated along with the text Even the ostensibly computer generated figures are obviously hand drawn or typewrittenI didn t actually see much to tie it to Shakespeare s play either The basic plot here is fairly straight hard sf A star faring expedition from a resource starved Earth must deal with Fiix an inhospitable yet inhabited planet whose climate was badly misread by the initial robotic surveys Listed co author William Rossow a scientist specializing in cloud behavior and satellite image interpretation appears to have contributed newer material on climate change and environmental science here Fiix is inhabited by the Sawl a cave dwelling culture that is apparently primitive and mystical but has literal hidden depthsLear s Daughters doles out its revelations about the Sawl and the bases for their beliefs slowly but inexorably Most of the book s pages though are devoted to the unfolding relationships among its characters the Terrans with their varying agendas the expedition is ostensibly a scientific one but it s financed by a mining consortium which expects a return on its investment and their trusting hosts This makes it very much an unusual work in its ostensible genre and may be an advantage or a deficit depending on what you re reading sf for I myself rather enjoyed Lear s Daughters s discursive nature and did not often begrudge its pace although I did occasionally skim pages here and thereBut the book does build to a satisfying crescendo and does have a point or two to make about current events back here on Earth All in all and despite my faint praises I do think this was a solid work of relatively hard sf


10 thoughts on “Lear's Daughters

  1. says:

    A wonderful update of a brilliant duology first published in the 1980s The storyline is pretty much the same as the original but the writing is tighter the motivations for the characters are better explained and things aren't uite as black and white as in the originalThe addition of references to an ecologically destroyed earth are fascinati

  2. says:

    I'd just watched a BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear and so was intrigued by the title of this book—and by its massive sizeTurns out this is a revised and combined edition of two novels from the mid 1980s The Wave

  3. says:

    739 pages If you're looking for something along the saga line this is a good one for anthropolotical scifi Story opens as already marooned scientificbusiness spacers find the snow and ice they've crashed in beginning to melt at unheard of sp

  4. says:

    After reading the first one hundred pages I can say this is better than I had hoped it would be As good as any Jack McDevitt and just as big in its scope and ambition Kellogg manages to create a world that is not only fantastic but very believeable as well Now if I only had time to sit down and read it all at onceOkay I found the time and it was well worth it This book really caught my attention Kellog manages to tell a

  5. says:

    Strange very strange And yet so familiarA tightly controlled system gone astray and yet the locals are in harmony with their environment The visiting Terran team is shown woefully out of sorts despite their advanced technologyThis book rather a set of two will make eerie sense to anyone concerned about the state of today's ecolog

  6. says:

    Couldn't get past the first 100 pages Nothing grabbed me about the story and I have enough books to read or to review that I don't want to waste my time on this one at the momentI'll keep it stashed away in my closet somewhere beca

  7. says:

    Skimmed this Didn't like any of the characters enough to sit and read through all of this very loooong book Plot was somewhat interesting but not enough for me to wade through stuck with people charactersthat I didn't particularly like or care enough about

  8. says:

    I had read the original two books decades ago I don't know what's changed in the meantime other than some typos being introduced It still reads well but given the recent changes I was surprised that the survey team weren't carrying cameras that recorded almost everything Perhaps one of the biggest changes in society since the 1980s is the mobile phone giving users communications assuming base stations or line of sight or

  9. says:

    This 700 page science fiction novel took me a long time to read I read two other books before finishing it and though it was slow go

  10. says:

    If this book hadn't been so poorly written it probably wouldn't have taken 739 pages to tell the story The themes