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Steel Beach by John Varley
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Jul 14, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: everyone

"I knelt and scooped up a handful of sand. No two grains looked alike. No matter how close I brought the sand grains to my eyes, the illusion never broke down and the endless detail extended to deeper and deeper realms."

I love any kind of plot twist, any time a story catches me by surprise. This book was the ultimate mindfuck for me. Definitely my favorite novel. Varley has only written one other novel and a handful of short stories set in his "Nine Worlds" future. I truly believe that this is the inevitable future of human civilization. (Except for the part about God-like aliens punishing humanity by taking the Earth away and giving it to whales and dolphins.) I don't know how to describe this book without giving away any of its treasure. I have always been drawn to stories that explore the nature of sanity, manipulation, and what it means to be a human. Steel Beach is the ultimate fusion of these, and I wish that Varley would craft another like this.

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