Legacy (The Way #3)
Legacy follows the Life of Olmy: a member of the Way Defense on a gargantuan ship called Thistledown, until he is assigned to do recon on an Earth-like planet named Lamarckia.
Greg bear is thorough in his exploration of human society and what would really happen if a small group of humans were really to start over on a new planet. From the societal factions and shortcomings of people, to mile-long S...more
Actually, it's a prequel. It's told in the first-person by Olmy, one of the major characters from the previous books. In this book Olmy travels through a gate in the Way (the artificial universe in the center of a hollowed-out asteroid) to a world called Lamarckia.
The book is an interesting blend of social commentary and world-building. Essentially a group of religious fanatics leave their homes (where they can have every comfort or desire) and go to c...more
The thread linking these books is very thin - that was disappointing...but the quality of Legacy goes beyond either of the other two books.
It reminded me a great deal of the grand adventure novels of an earlier age. Even a littl...more
Lamarkia is physically similar to Earth in terms of size, climate and geography. The biology though is literally out of this world. There are only a handful of genetically distinct life-forms on Lamarkia that may grow to the size of continents. Each of these ecos as they are called are complete self-...more
I was mesmerized by the far thinking plot of political struggle of the Martians as they try to seperate themselves from the domination of the Earth/Moon system. It actually made for good "continuation" of Robinsons colonization trilogy, because when we meet t...more
I like the world building in the book. The world is Lamarkia in which, true to its name, evolution went along a path of inheritance of acquired characteristics--a now discredited theory on earth. The world is quite well done and the characters quite rich.
short plot description: a young Olmy takes a (possible one-way) mission to the planet Lamarckia which has been settled by a group of defectors opening a gateway in the Way. The original plan called for Olmy to observe and then report back but soon he finds it harder and harder not to get involved...
my thoughts: first this is only a prequel in the sense that the novel uses Thistledown, the Way, the gateways to other worlds and Ser Olmy who plays a major role in t...more
Still, I think the main character wasn't as well written; he seemed to be almost bipolar, or practically so, given his wide shifts in feelings/views over the course of the book, his attitudes about stuff and no none of these shifts seem related to what's happened, they don't feel like character development. He just sees things a different way and doesn't even think about o...more
Well, really crappy dessert, it turns out. Bear really let me down. Eon haunted me down the years since reading it in high school. But this is just...lame. One cool idea taken to ridiculous lengths and with no payoff.
A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.