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The Highest Frontier, Joan Slonczewski


I've just started reading The Highest Frontier, the new Joan Slonczewski book, and after only a couple of chapters, am enjoying the hell out of it.  It's just so full of stuff.  I mean, I know it's hard sf, and that is what hard sf is meant to be like, but I had forgotten exactly how much I love the way this particular author goes about it.  She winds all kinds of social origins and implications into the future tech, which for me helps it to be much more believable.

It's a dense book, I can tell even after two chapters, and I as reader have to be on my toes to catch everything that's flying at me (much like the protagonist and her "toybox" interface).

It's a hardcover, so I'm not carrying it around; it's a treat for me to read at home, and means I'll be prolonging the experience a bit.

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lnhammer
Dec. 7th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
New Slonczewski? Yay!

Same universe as her mainline series?

---L.
oracne
Dec. 7th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's much nearer future - so unless it's a prequel, no. It takes place in Earth orbit on a spacehab.
lnhammer
Dec. 7th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I can't say I'm too surprised -- the last one was pushing the limits of a comprehensible future.

---L.
barbarienne
Dec. 7th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I think swimtech read an advance copy. She loves Slonczewski's stuff.
badgerbag
Dec. 7th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
I felt the same way about it! It was dense and lovely and funny! I keep pushing it on mailing lists but haven't written a real review yet.
badgerbag
Dec. 7th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Also, it just gets better with the weirdness. And did "moonholes" make you laugh as hard as they did me....?!
oracne
Dec. 8th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I could so totally see that fad arising out of the saggy pants movement....
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