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The Machine's Child by Kage Baker
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it was amazing
bookshelves: science-fiction

Sorry, just a moment, please, for me to stop gibbering over the ending.

All right. I'm back.

Even if I haven't read all the great sci fi, I'm pretty up on at least having heard of it. And I simply have no idea why I hadn't heard of the Company series much, much earlier.* No idea why it isn't better known and why Baker isn't right alongside Le Guin and Heinlein and Atwood and Card and Niven and Stephenson and others as genre staples/members of the pantheon. (Maybe not at Founding Father level like Asimov and Bradbury and Clarke and Huxley and Vonnegut [whether he likes it or not]** but Baker's books are damn good and very literary.) Simply fantastic.

* THANK YOU, many times, Jonathan Gordon, for introducing me to these books!
** Wells and Verne and Stevenson and Wollstonecraft-Shelley are the Proto Founders. I'm making all this up very shoddily 'cause it's not quite the point. Though of definite interest and I should probably do some research, now...

Very glad I have the next installment at the ready to start straightaway.


Reread 9-25-15. While all of the above remains absolutely true, I adore this series and think it should be a genre staple rather than obscure, rereading makes me more able to see the installments discretely, and this is definitely the most problematic for me so far, esp. re: gender politics—not just in the dubious central relationship but in increasingly obvious discrepancies in overall power dynamics. Ah well. Onto the last, which has some of those issues but I still love!

(Also, not a criticism of the books, just a funny inevitability of time passing—and me becoming a little more current-event-literate; it's funny how certain aspects of any future projection seem more or less prescient given evolving current affairs.)
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December 11, 2013 – Shelved
December 11, 2013 – Shelved as: science-fiction
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