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Permanence by Karl Schroeder
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Nov 06, 2010

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

This is a modestly hard sci-fi book. The setting, worlds orbiting brown dwarfs, is ingenious with some good realistic and creative attention to detail. There is an interesting adventure with both action and intrigue though there is maybe a little too much contrivance in setting up the heroine's travails. The protagonist and some of her close associates are quite interesting. The villains are from the "lit" worlds (stars) and represent a government that exploits the "halo" worlds associated with brown dwarfs. Much of the adventure involves the good guys' (the third world halo residents) attempts to throw off the shackles of the exploitive villains who are willing to do anything to maintain their exploitive status. The book raises the question and provides a solution to how civilizations can survive in the long run. It makes the point that sustainable economies cannot always grow and cannot depend on exploiting others if they are to be sustainable. The religious philosophies of a couple of the characters provide food for thought as well. The speculative technology in the book is well done, the plot is not perfect but keeps one's interest, and some of the minor characters could have been fleshed out a little better. All in all this is a very solid work of sci-fi.
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