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Brightsuit Macbear by L. Neil Smith
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Feb 01, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: main-sf-fantasy
Recommended to Mary JL by: Have read previous books by this author
Recommended for: Patient or desperate SF readers; libertarians
Read in January, 2011 , read count: 1 was enough

Young Berdan Gaenar has lived with his grandfather since the death of his parents. They live aboard the massive starship, Tom Edison Maru.

Suddenly, one day, the 15 year old boy is left alone. His grandfather--for years a virtual recluse--has stolen a prototype special "spacesuit" from a museum. He has fled to the newly opened colony word of Majesty.

This "brightsuit"--hence the title--is full of many experimental electornic advances for protecting the wearer.

Young Berdan swears to find the criminal and the bright suit and to redeem his family honor. He takes his father's name--MacDougall Bear--and is off to the planet Majesty.

The newly named Mac Bear joins up with an alien scientist and some friendly locals and begins his quest.

Unfortunately his quest brings him in contact with two local societies--one authoritarian and one a parody of a "welfare state". So Smith can use these two 'made up" socities to tell us about the joys of a libertarian point of view.

Actually, I think the libertarian position does have some merits--but not in the middle of a novel. It is forced in and slows the story down.

A very light SF read--rather juvenile in tone. The aliens admittedly are well done, but there is not a lot of story here. Definitely not one of l. Neil Smith's best.

Recommended for the patient SF reader---nothing bad about it except the boring politics--just nothing to lift it out of the ordinary. Try L. Neil's Smith's The Probability Broach instead if you like--it is much better.
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