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Apr 04, 2011 ambyr rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I've put off reviewing this in part because I have no idea how to rate it. It's a patchwork of many books: a historical about Galileo, a time travel tale, an exploration into 31st century anarchist politics, a first-contact story about alien intelligence. Some were exquisite; Robinson's evocation of the 16th century was rich enough to smell and taste, in all its glory and squalor. It made me appreciate Galileo as a person: not a likable one, not a nice one, but one full of real strengths and rea ...more