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I've been a fan of the Callahan Novels, and this isn't them. But oh, boy, is it wonderful.
The publisher's summary is inadequate. This is not just Shara's story, and in fact it goes quite far beyond it. But I shan't spoil it. If you like Spider Robinson, or Robert Heinlein, or indeed well-written sci-fi... this is your book.
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This was a wonderful story. Really top notch science fiction.
I must say this however, Spider Robinson is not Robert Heinlein. Spider Robinson is Spider Robinson, and he is akin to the light rock motif within Sci-Fi. He is the Bryan Adams or Celine Dion of this Genre whereas RAH was the Beatles or Rolling Stones or Credence Clearwater Revival or Jimmi Hendrix of the genre. Never the twain shall meet.
With all of that being said this was a really great book. Spider Robinson comes up with a great concept and uses it to the fullest extent in order to put together a brilliantly written novel. Read it and read the sequel. The funny part is that this book was written back in 1979. I was two. But in an alternate future Beta max, which was developed by Sony, beat out the VHS that all us kids in the 80's and 90's grew up watching. But don't worry Spider Sony got its revenge 29 years later because Blu-Ray won the Hi-Def battle. This Anachronism was really humorous to me because it dated the book, but I looked at it like it was an alternate history. Dangit if only Beta max had won we could all be space angels now.
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