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The Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction
Read in June, 2012 — I own a copy

I loved this book. It made me so glad I stuck with the Fall Revolution series to the end. The series actually hooked me with MacLeod's last line of his preface to the first book, The Star Fraction, when he says that the theme of the series is that, in contrast to so many other pessimistic novels about the future, that humanity does have a future and in the long run, it's even a good one. In this book, we get the pay-off.

It's the 24th Century and the human race has expanded to 30 billion people across the solar system and evolved a stateless communism in the form of the Solar Union. For MacLeod, it took 300 years and three books to get there, but I have to say it was worth it. As an aside concerning the back story, I have to say that the idea of a "Green Death" and a sort of Dark Ages brought on by irrational, anti-technology green mobs was a nice touch. ;)

As usual MacLeod throws in plenty of easter eggs for his lefty readers, plenty of details about how the Solar Union works, naming his chapter titles after classic socialist and utopian fiction ("The Iron Heel," "Looking Backward," etc.), jabs at greens, off hand references to obscure ideological debates and Marxist philosophy, etc. I've heard this sort of element in his writing referred to as "commie porn," and as a "commie" I must say that I get a kick out of it. What does that say about me? Are a few references to Lenin and a battle against capitalists in space all it takes to entertain me? Maybe.

I also like the way the book ends, not to give anything away, but separated from the Solar Union by thousands of light years and thousands of years in the future... watching a group of capitalists on a talk show, our protagonist thinks to herself: "Just you wait! Our day will come, again." Yeah, I think I am just that easy to entertain.
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