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(Ngu Family Saga #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  12 reviews
True to his namesake, Emerson Ngu follows the way of individualism, making him the hero of Pallas, a libertarian paradise atop an asteroid, and the enemy of former senator Gibson Altman, the jealous leader of a communist dystopia. Reprint.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Libertarian Gun Enthusiasts
Pallas is a terraformed asteroid on which there are two contending groups. One is a colony founded by the United Nations, the other is a colony founded by the entrepreneur who terraformed Pallas. The back flyleaf claims in the novel Smith is "carrying on the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein's Libertarian Science Fiction tradition" and that's not unapt, especially given his The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, although Heinlein doesn't strike me as quite as enthusiastically uncritical of anarcho-capitalism ...more
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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great story! a resistance movement w/a somewhat happy ending. pallas is an asteroid...a kind of new frontier for those settlers from earth who want to start fresh, have human dignity and personal freedom.

there's two groups on pallas, compare and contrast. power, politics and the destiny of humankind.
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Libertarian fantasy fiction from L. Neil Smith. Stand alone novel following the exploits of Emerson Ngu, first a virtual slave, then escapee, inventor, adventurer, and business tycoon on the hypothetical asteroid, Pallas. This is a fast-paced, entertaining, and provcative novel highlighting some of the underlying principles of libertarianism. Greatly enjoyed it!
A well-conceived book that conveys the benefits of a libertarian society although not very efficiently--it could easily be 25-30% shorter and not only retain its storyline but enhance the quality of the book.

Warning: there is some profanity and sexual immorality.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
ideas good

writing bad kinda high schoolish

lots of soppy monogamy

inetersting ideas

wish he would do one where kid sleeps with many women
Pat Cummings
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoy the way science fiction novels will present a single cultural or technological change, and pursue the results of that change to its eventual conclusions. One of my favorite sub-genres shows a free society opposed to a socialist one. "Pallas" presents just such a contrast between those who live in a free society and their neighbors who do not.

On the terraformed asteroid Pallas, most are free people living as they please, according to the founding document they all signed. That life includ
Jim Strasma
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first 50 or so pages were hard to get through, because they described folks whose ideas I hate winning. Then the story shifted to the views of their opponents, and from then on it was a great read, full of memorable ideas to underline.
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent Promethius Award winner. Sometimes the time shifts in this novel were disconcerting or hard to follow. But it made up for that with good solid science fiction content along with enough freedom philosophy to make any diehard libertarian happy. It is about how one individual can dramatically improve not just one world, but two -- any, with the passage of time at the end, probably many worlds. Outstanding!
Richard Foster
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the best things I can say about a book is that I want to read more. That's certainly true here. While the setting was pretty interesting, it was the characters which really drew me in - especially that of the main protagonist Emerson Ngu. I see more of the Ngu Family Saga books in my future.
jackie fails
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This story was very hard to stay with. There were times I almost put it up and stop reading, but kept going. There were good / parts but I have to admit I stayed confused most of the book. Sorry
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Way too much libertarian theology to be enjoyable. It seemed like Smith was trying to follow in Heinlein's footsteps, but ended up following Ayn Rand's. The occasionally fun story just gets overshadowed by the proselytizing and gun porn, without any of Heinlein's thoughtfulness to save it.
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Freedom minded folks or technical people
Shelves: sf, politics
Excellent ideas. Not just libertarian fiction, but some amazing invention ideas, and cool places to settle, if we ever stop hiding on Earth and start colonizing off planet.
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L. Neil Smith is a Libertarian science fiction author and gun rights activist.Smith was born in Denver, Colorado. His father was an Air Force officer, and his childhood was spent in various places including Waco, McQueenie, and La Porte, Texas; Salina, Kansas; Sacramento, California; and Gifford, Illinois (all before he completed 5th grade) and then St. John’s, Newfoundland and Ft. Walton Beach, F ...more

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