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The Forge of God by Greg Bear
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Jan 31, 10

bookshelves: read-2010, sf-f
Read in January, 2010

A really great concept marred by heavy-handed yet poorly detailed plotting. For a world-wide crisis, one gets only momentary high-level glimpses of how most of the world is taking it; the conceptualization of politics and diplomacy (and government) is pretty simplistic, and for all the talk of characters' intelligence, none of them seem that bright (which may actually be the point.) The most distracting thing for me was noticing how, no matter how often they were referred to as intelligent and competent, there was not one woman in the entire book who acted independently, or whose inner thoughts were exposed, or who served any other purpose than to comfort, support, distract, or sleep with the male characters (except possibly the president's wife.) It's the sort of thing I accept as part of older SF, but seems less excusable in more recent decades.
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Laura This is exactly what I came here to say.


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