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Operation Ares

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The invasion from Mars came in the early years of the 21st century. And all over America people were praying for it to succeed. For 2 decades, the United States had been slipping into a primitive past, turning its back on technology -- and abandoning its Martian colony. Its "emergency" government was kept in power by repression, food was scarce, life grim..and killer packs ...more
Hardcover, 1st British and 1st Hardcover edition, 208 pages
Published 1977 by Dobson Book Ltd. (first published January 1st 1970)
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Greg Bates
Apr 26, 2013 Greg Bates rated it it was ok
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Gene Wolfe fights a near-constant battle in my head with Cormac McCarthy (with occasional guest appearances by Phillip K. Dick and Nabokov) for title of favoritest author ever, so I was very interested in finding a copy of Operation Ares, a novel reportedly so bad Wolfe's publishers don't mention it in his list of works and keep from being reprinted. And while OA isn't actually the worst thing Wolfe has ever written (Castleview, allllways Castleview), I can see why they don't.

The plot is fairly
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Fred
Apr 13, 2014 Fred rated it it was ok
This is Gene Wolfe's Alan Smithee project; he has disavowed it as being an apprentice work. To my mind however it is still an enjoyable first novel.
It features a post apocalyptic storyline where Americans have lost their technology and sunk into a repressive anti-tech regime. However a colony established on Mars begins beaming science info down to the farmers. Finally, animals have also mutated into wild forms making life even more difficult. There are a lot of weaknesses here - mutations app
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Christian
Jan 30, 2015 Christian rated it really liked it
Well, it's clearly one of Gene Wolfe's earliest works, I think. You can see the amazing, subtle writer he's going to become, but you can also chafe against his rough edges in the telling of this story.

Definitely, 'Operation ARES' gives great indication of Wolfe's strategic brilliance, as well as his insight into human psychology. This book feels like a playground for these characteristics, as the main character riddles his way through competing forces, one of whom seems bred to think a dozen mov
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Kenny
May 05, 2012 Kenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dystopia of USA brought down by focus on welfare and elimination of science, education and space exploration. Good plot, moves along nicely; basically an if-this-goes-on tale. Memorable characters. Less quality than Wolfe's later work. Lots of background talk instead of showing and letting the reader discover. Hits reader on the head with its points. Readable.
Marvin
Jun 08, 2012 Marvin rated it liked it
Wolfe's first novel. A bit conventional compared to what was to follow from the author but quite good.
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Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.

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