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Raft by Stephen Baxter
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Mar 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: reviewed, sci-fi

This is a clumsily-written novel (the author's first, which may explain its stylistic flaws) with two-dimensional characters and a clunky plot, but I keep returning to it because of the audacity of the author's speculative premise: what would life be like for humans in a universe where gravity was one million times stronger than it is in our own? In one of the blurbs for RAFT, Larry Niven said "I should have [Baxter] assassinated before it's too late," which is fair praise from one of the past masters of hard science-fiction.

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