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Frameshift by Robert J Sawyer.

I’ve waited a bit before I started on this review, in the hope that my feelings for this book would somehow clarify. But the truth is that I still don’t really know whether I like it or not. I’m not even sure that I can classify this book as science fiction (not that there’s anything wrong with that – but the blurb on the back cover calls it hard science fiction).

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The Terminal Experiment by Robert J Sawyer.

After the bad experience with Frameshift, I didn’t really want to starting on a new story by Sawyer. But, everybody deserves a second chance and when a friend ruthlessly dumped The Terminal Experiment (TTE) on me, I decided to give it a go. Bad decision! TTE is even more annoying and error ridden than Frameshift and makes for a fairly bad experience that nobody should have forced on them. I’m not sure why I even finished it.

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A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

This is the first book, by Vinge that I’ve read and it couldn’t have started much worse than it did or end much better. aFud starts off with a family crash-landing their space ship on an uncharted planet, the parents get killed nearly right after planet fall and the kids have to survive in an alien and medieval society. Yuch! Sounds like the basis for a really bad young adult novel.

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Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge

Across Realtime is a science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge.

This is Vinge’s first full length novel. For some strange reason, I’ve never gotten around to it before now. I’m not sure why, but maybe it has been a combination of fear that it couldn’t live up to the expectations that A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky had built and the fact that Vinge has written so little and I didn’t want to bleed that well dry just yet. An endless list of excuses doesn’t make a good review, so let’s get on with it.

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