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Richard Abbott
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Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world
Living in London, enjoying family, writing about the ancient world

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A fine review of Half Sick of Shadows... "The progression of The Lady through the various stages of her existence, and the descriptions of the eras in which she awakes are masterfully told by the author. The inner turmoil of The Lady, as she struggles with the Mirror to gain access to the people she comes in contact with, drives the tale as the Mirror cautions her time and again about the dangers involved..."

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Today's post - a brief look at SpaceX's plans for a million-person colony on Mars, and how this compares to my own science fiction writing...

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Today's post looks at the intelligence of birds...

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A splendid review of Half Sick of Shadows...

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Some thoughts on the Netflix series The Expanse, science-fiction set in a solar system colonised out to the asteroid belt...

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8. The political takeover plot which appears in the concluding pages, has always seemed a bit of a bolt-on to me. Do you think Kapp tried to squeeze too much in?

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7. There is only one woman who plays a significant role in the entire book. Kapp's Unorthodox Engineers has no women at all. Do you think this reflects the era the book was written, or just Kapp's personal views? In contrast, Forever War is much more equal-opportunity, and was first published only 2 years later (Patterns of Chaos 1972, Forever War 1974)

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6. One of Kapp's themes is that evolution is completely unpredictable over long timescales. Do you agree with his idea that intelligence may not be a useful factor in the long run?


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5. The religious theme which opens the book is apparently present only to build up to two puns - cross-eyed bear and the name Jaycee . Is this a pure science book or are there other issues at stake?

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4. Do you think that Patterns of Chaos is at all portable into a game?
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