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  • Expansive

    Spanning millennia this is an interesting allegory of the development of human society, when you suspend disbelief in the practicalities.

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  • A thoughtful take on generation ship travel

    The story follows the crew of a generation ship, which helpfully uses clones so that there is a sense of character progression despite everyone you once knew being dead of old age in the next chapter! The star is rightfully the computer, which grows throughout and is key to the story. The consequences of generational time as well as time dilation are interestingly explored, though to my (scientific) mind are a little narrow and plot driven. For example, there is an assumption by all characters that genes determine everything, but we know that very few traits behave like this! (they are more, or less, "heritable" ). Events that happen sometimes feel insightful but occasionally are clearly plot-driven. One event ("the pit") seemed implausible to me, and was clearly there to show the dangers of the darker side of humanity. A valid point that could have been justified better. Overall this is worth your time but is not a deep "what if" hypothesis in the sense of "hard SF" , more of a sci-fi fairytale. Though far from a bad one.

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