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An SF classic where Varley deftly combines cloning and memory recording to give a sort of pseudo-immortality to its practitioners. It is a shame that this is the only story from John Varley's 8-Worlds series presently available on Audible. This should be read last. In the earlier stories Varley explores the societal impact of cloning, changing and memory recording through engaging characters and memorable events.
If this sparks your interest but you find yourself at a loss on some of the issues dealt with in THE OPHIUCHI HOTLINE, go back and read (yes like pick up a book with paper and ink) some of his earlier short stories. For starters try these stories that include Varley's suite of technologies that change human society:
"Picnic on Nearside"
"The Phantom of Kansas"
"Lollipop and the Tar Baby"
Gabra Zackman reads THE OPHIUCHI HOTLINE well. She gets the sarcastic tone of Lilo's voice in her own head just right.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book flowed really well and was easy to follow for something with such a complex plot that follows a single character in multiple settings and times. It isn't about the invasion of Earth by aliens, but what happens long after that invasion from the perspective of a woman who has several possible roles in the salvation of various parts of humanity. Most of the book takes place on various planets in our solar system and outer space, and it is very imaginatively described without too much detail or invention of unneeded new words that some authors have a tendency towards in this genre. It was fun to listen to, though the narrator is not my favorite. She often speaks statements with an inflection that makes them sound like questions and tries too hard on male voices, but I got used to it after a while and was glad I'd chosen to listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
It's a bit of a cliché when dealing with Sci-fi to say it was ahead of it's time, but this truly was. Dealing with the implications of multi-personalities and re-birthing of clones it deals with the subject in a very inventive and adventurous way. This subject has been dealt with since this by the likes of Peter F Hamilton in his Pandora's Star but not in this much detail or with such aplomb.
I have a bit of a soft spot for 70's sci-fi, it's a little bit weird, a little bit hippy-ish in places and this book is very much of that genre. A good adventure with a good, strong thought provoking theme and well worth a listen.
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