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Crossover by Joel Shepherd
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May 26, 2008

liked it

Fairly smart science fiction (cyberpunk-ish) from Australia. An artificially intelligent female super soldier android goes AWOL to try and live a non-military life. Of course there's no point in populating a science fiction novel with super soldiers if you're not going to bring on the action, so it is inevitable that Shepherd does so. But he is not impatient about it, taking a fair bit of time to set up his far future conflict between "rationalist" realpolitik-nics on one side and mildly anti-tech multiculturalists on the other. Fortunately, the rationalists are a bit too ideologically driven for their own good, and the multiculturalists are flexible enough in their world view to slowly come to accept the artificially intelligent super soldier as a genuine person. Much conflict, of course, ensues.

The dialogue is fairly deft, and the action is narrated with a measured hand. Point of view sometimes shifts very awkwardly for "Basil Exposition" interior monologues, but despite their irritating lack of integration into the larger shape of the narrative, these exasperating jumps don't last very long. A fairly minor fault in a novel (first of a series, three have been published so far) that is written with a praiseworthy eye on character and ethics despite the science fiction action trappings.

Not brilliant, but I'll be requesting volume two from the library.
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