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Cosmonaut Keep
By Ken MacLeod
7/10 from 2 reviews
Categories: Science Fiction
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2 reviews
Hmm - not quite as positive as Alaric's
I do like Ken Macleod. he's one of the few sci fi authors I regularly read. However, whilst I'm now reading the 2nd Cos. Keep novel the whole thing doesn't seem to have the grabbing power that the novels centred around the Stone Canal, Cassini Division, etc had.

The stuff with the communist earth, the expedition out etc, etc - all of that stuff seemed to be much better territory for Macleod. He's meandering arounsd with the story now, wanting it to be huge and epic in scale but it's missing the gritty realism he has had in other novels.

I reserve the right to change my opinion if it gets any better! Meanwhile, I would definitely reading the other books by him.
Rating: 6/10
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Posted by Cait on Mon, 17th February 2003, 11:34am
Interesting scenario
Soft sci fi; not a physics textbook, a storyline that happens to be set in the future.


Set in 2040-something, the Cold War is still in progress; Europe has fallen to Communism. A soviet station built on an asteroid finds semi-communicative alien life within that gives us hints on how to build spacecraft engines. Meanwhile, a parallel storyline is set on a far off world where the descendants of the crew who eventually build and fly off on this spacecraft engine are trying to get back to their spaceship and make it fly again.
Rating: 8/10
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Posted by Alaric on Wed, 5th February 2003, 12:12pm
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