Oath of Fealty
In the near future, Los Angeles is an all but uninhabitable war zone, racked by crime, violence, pollution and poverty. But above the blighted city, a Utopia has arisen: Todos Santos, a thousand-foot high single-structured city, designed to used state-of-the-art technology to create a completely human-friendly environment, offering its dwellers everything they could want i...more
It’s all about taking the gated community to the next level, making it a ...more
Uncle Tom's Cabin was written with an urgency and is a blatant call to end slavery. Oath of Fealty's message while politically motivated isn't as important or significant and therefore the book fails both in ...more
I must preface this review with a rant to anyone who judges or reviews older books based solely on their own modern perceptions of society. If it is twenty or more years older than you, the au ...more
Género. Ciencia ficción.
Lo que nos cuenta. El libro Juramento de fidelidad (publicación original: Oath of Fealty, 1981) nos lleva hasta Todos Santos, una gigantesca construcción en la costa oeste de los Estados Unidos, a muy poca distancia de Los Ángeles, una moderna ciudad-estado próspera y avanzada, protegida por fuerzas de seguridad y cámaras que intentan evitar las amenazas de grupos terroristas y, también, la desconfianza envidiosa de o ...more
This was vaguely interesting at times, but mostly it was a long drawn out boring telling of a only slightly better premise.
I didnt like the lack of consistency in terms of the their little society. It was too idealized in many ways, and I think to bring that level of idealism home, they should have made it more sealed off from the rest of LA. The lev ...more
In the future, Los Angeles has slid even further into disrepair and decay than when the authors wrote the novel in 1981. Slums, blight, crime, all the plagues of urban life persist. Incompetent politicians and bureaucrats make matters worse. However, over a formerly burned out area rises a new city, Todos Santo ...more
Respekt für das originelle Thema und für viel Stoff zum Nachdenken. Allerdings ist das ganze dann doch zu viel Text für mein persönliches Interesse an dem Thema. Eine Novelle hätte gereicht. Die Personen sind nicht so gut gezeichnet. Sie bleiben einem egal. Die reaktionäre Einstellung des Autoren ist zu spüren.
Right you are if you say that Science and technology serve for our needs. Let’s commence our little analysis empirically. When A Primitive Commune back to the times of Human Herd nearly 60000 years a ...more
Set in 2020 (future for the writers in 1981, near future for us), Los Angeles has had a terrible fire and a corporation has constructed a self-contained city in the location. The people of Todos Santos have security and safety – but at what cost? Their location can always be tracked via electronic ID cards and there are video cameras everywhere. The Angelinos think of it as a termite hill or hive, but the residents think of it as sanctuary fro ...more
I read this book and liked it. Now I was skeptical the thing would work that good in RL. IMO a corporation by definition exists:
1. To make money for its investors.
2. To maximize profits, for its investors.
3. To do this each and every 3 months or "Fiscal Quarter"
-and- save directives 1-3
4. To avoid responsibility.
The corporation seemed unusually benign, the sole purpose to create the artificial society and somehow argue its the ...more
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with writing like that b ...more
The writing itself is pedestrian, no character development, an average plot, slightly too ...more
This is a pretty good tale of a titanic city-building and the culture that grew up within it.
There are some basic counter-arguments which are never addressed (e.g. "who watches the watchmen" - but this was way back in '81 so it's probably excusable), and the ending was rather weak in my opinion, and some of the technology described is hideo ...more
I do look forward to reading more Niven.