25th out of 44 books — 4 voters
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Streaking: A Novel of Probability
What is Luck? If it exists at all, where does it come from, and how does it operate? Is it a supernatural force? A genetic gift? Or a quantum phenomenon, a knack for adjusting probability in just the right way? In Streaking, Brian Stableford, one of Britain's most honoured SF and fantasy authors, tackles these questions with all his customary flair, invention, intense logi ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by PS
(first published December 1st 2005)
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Sadly, one of Stableford's weaker books -- the interesting central idea (of inherited luck and the implications for biology) is buried under a ton of slow dialog and paper-thin characterisations. A supermodel, football star and English butler are all played straight to stereotype and the thing never really takes off.
Won't stop me reading more of his work though as I know he can do so much better.