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Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
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Apr 17, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 15 to July 09, 2013

A beautiful, intelligent first contact story with multiple twists that set it apart from the rest. We (SF readers) are used to contacts with both technologically superior or inferior races. But what if mankind discovered a species that is morally superior? Although we wouldn't have to worry much about what they will do to us, what will we do to ourselves as a result of the contact?

Ken MacLeod attempts to answer these questions in a very convincing technological and social settings, taking the time to describe both societies in painstaking, mostly scientifically plausible detail. Ironically, it was the mastery with which aliens and far future, spacefaring humans are rendered that made it hard to me to relate to the characters: after all, as a typical representative of our primitive, xenophobic, hypocritical society, I have so little in common with either of the groups in the novel.


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