Date: 2017-07-09 03:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scott_sanford
...the odd lack of a reaction to a 30 MY clean fusion explosion that scours clean a 75-km-wide stretch of Oregon.

To be fair, with a little luck or skill in targeting it's entirely possible to draw a circle 75 kilometers in diameter in eastern Oregon that doesn't cover much of anything important.

Date: 2017-07-09 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] neowolf2
There should have been a huge reaction, since we'd now know clear fusion weapons are posssible (current tech says they'd be very hard or impossible to make, at least on a scale like that.)

Date: 2017-07-09 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] melita66
IIRC I read Great Sky River for a F-SF class. It did not entice me to read more even though I had liked Benford's Timescape.

Date: 2017-07-10 01:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dsrtao
GSR looked like the first book in a series but had no satisfactory anything; the characters were flat, the setting obtuse and the plot a meaningless string of minor events.

I always thought that there ought to have been more interesting things to do with the setting.

Date: 2017-07-09 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That was a more favourable review than I was expecting. I've read this book as recently as the early 90s, did remember some problematic bits, and was expecting a scathing review.

I might someday reread the set. I recall being less than happy with the final volume, but I usually like books of this kind more on the second read (e.g. "Foundation's Edge").

William Hyde

Date: 2017-07-09 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] refreshninja
Are you going to review the rest of the series?

Date: 2017-07-17 04:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tavella
As I recall, the series got worse as it went on, and it didn't start well. I used to have a huge rant about the many many ways it sucked. It was an amazing combination of racism, misogyny, and bad science.

Date: 2017-07-09 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] philrm
...despite Australia being a desolate uninhabitable wasteland even less inviting than Canada.

This is possibly my favorite sentence of yours ever.

Date: 2017-07-10 04:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beamjockey
It's good, but I'm still voting for "I needed at least one more contingency plan than I actually had."

Date: 2017-07-10 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
"I really didn't think I'd need a plan E."

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