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The Far Arena by Richard Ben Sapir
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Mar 04, 10

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bookshelves: sf
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Recommended for: Sapir fans
Read in February, 1999 , read count: 1

How nice--two of my favorite genres: a science fiction and historical novel--involving a Roman soldier no less!--combined. It wasn't bad. It wasn't that great either. I like to look for the inaccuracies in such things.
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Have you read The Centurion's Empire by Sean McMullen? It sounds much like what you describe here: science fiction, historical, a Roman soldier, not bad. I'll copy my blurb for it below.


In the first century CE, Roman Centurion Vitellan finds a way to freeze himself and sleep through the years without aging, travelling through time the slow way. After brief encounters with Vikings and the Hundred Years' War, the bulk of the plot is set in the 21st century, as Vitellan and other travellers like him become objects of adoration for cults. Although the book can drift a bit, its focus on the central character of Vitellan helps keep it from sprawling as badly as Souls in the Great Machine, the only other book by McMullen I've read.

Erik Graff No, I haven't.

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