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Fractions: The First Half of The Fall Revolution (The Fall Revolution #1,2)

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In a balkanized future of dizzying possibilities, mercenaries contend with guns as smart as they are, nuclear deterrence is a commodity traded on the open market, teenagers deal in "theologically correct" software for fundamentalists, and anarchists have colonized a planet circling another star. Against this background, men and women struggle for a better future against th ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Orb Books
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Stefan
Apr 02, 2009 Stefan rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This book contains the first 2 novels in MacLeod's "The Fall Revolution" series. The first one, The Star Fraction is a near-future cyberpunk-ish story set in a balkanized version of the UK after WW III. The second one, The Stone Canal A Novel, is partly set before the first novel and partly far in the future.

The Star Fraction reminded me of more politically-focused early William Gibson novel - but not in a good way. Despite having been written 10 years after Neuromancer, it somehow came across a
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Andre
Jul 06, 2010 Andre rated it really liked it
Star Fractions is a politically imaginative account on where high technology can potentially take the human race in the near future. If you're into politics (which I am), you get to see political theory through the lens of an European writer. Seeing things through that perspective makes it interesting enough for me. The book drags a little; but still somehow holds your attention due to MacLeod's skill for writing in a cyber-punk literary style. Additionally, you get a well worth reward at the en ...more
Lester
Dec 04, 2016 Lester rated it it was ok
Hmmmm...... I read this book because I know that Iain Banks asked Ken MacLeod to finish any of his unfinished writing before he died. However, the two really do not compare.

Where Banks makes megaworlds and huge events and spaces believable, I felt that MacLeod fell very short on that. His worlds and ideas ARE huge, but for me not believably enough so. That was one of the major let-downs. However, I read the book all the way through. The main reason for this is that the ideas behind the Fall Revo
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Matthew
Mar 07, 2011 Matthew rated it it was ok
Shelves: scientastic
Credit for a sophisticated treatment of political ideology in fractured futures, including socialist and communist strains that you seldom see in sci-fi (outside of Robinson). But as novels they don't don't hold up well, for a few reasons. There is a disappointingly unrealistic portrayal of all these exotic political systems, so that you never really get a feel for the way that things actually work; they feel more like thought experiments than societies. The characters are rather thinly drawn, ...more
Walter
Aug 23, 2016 Walter rated it liked it
El autor me hizo sufrir por interminables páginas de historias sobre-complicadas (para mi) y casi aburridas. La curiosidad de ver cómo el autor se imaginaba un mundo moldeado por dos ideologías de mi interés (el socialismo y el anarco-libertarismo) fue lo que me ayudó a aguantar tantas páginas. Pero realmente, entre los últimos capítulos de cada libro (Star Fraction y especialmente de The Stone Canal) el autor demuestra que su fuerte es el hard sci-fi, y lo supo pulir bien en The Stone Canal. El ...more
Angie
Jun 30, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This was MacLeod's first book, too ambitious for a beginning writer, and it certainly shows. The writing itself shifts between sentence fragments and overly complex rambling sentences that remind me of the 18th century. Before I quit reading at page 50 he seemed to be developing an interesting society, but the plots and opposing factions were quite complex, and he was not a good enough writer to manage them.
I MIGHT have presevered a little longer if I had nothing else to read, but my shelves and
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Al
Apr 12, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In a balkanized future of dizzying possibilities, mercenaries contend with guns as smart as they are, nuclear deterrence is a commodity traded on the open market, teenagers deal in "theologically correct" software for fundamentalists, and anarchists have colonized a planet circling another star. Against this background, men and women struggle for a better future against the betrayals that went before. Death is sometimes the end, and sometimes something altogether different…

This volume comprise

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Joe
Jan 07, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok
reads like a thinly veiled political manifesto, little character development. some interesting ideas about AI and what not, but after struggling through the first book decided to put it aside. may come back to it later, but not likely...
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The politics treatment is dizzying and required frequent web searches to follow up on what the heck Ken was talking about. The science fiction and the ideas about the Fast Folk are interesting.
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Incomprehensible. Lemmed after 59 pages.
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Ken MacLeod is an award-winning Scottish science fiction writer.

His novels have won the Prometheus Award and the BSFA award, and been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.

MacLeod graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in zoology and has worked as a computer programmer and written a masters thesis on biomechanics.

His novels often explore socialist, c
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Other Books in the Series

The Fall Revolution (5 books)
  • The Star Fraction (The Fall Revolution, #1)
  • The Stone Canal (The Fall Revolution, #2)
  • The Cassini Division (The Fall Revolution, #3)
  • The Sky Road (The Fall Revolution, #4)
  • The Fall Revolution

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