Date: 2018-11-12 06:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Judging from the clothes and accoutrements, it seems the alien parasite has also infected the locals with bad taste... :)

"This book is a fair example of morosely competent British SF of the post-Imperial era, when things were not as they once were and there was no particular reason to think they’d get better (at least from the perspective of a Brit). Earth a few centuries hence is poor and desperate. Its first attempt at spreading to the stars stalled for a century and it is in no way clear a second will follow. It’s a gray and melancholy world."

It's often notable in SF,and probably in other forms of literature, that for a lot of people other countries don't seem to be quite real, as long as they don't present an imminent threat. The idea that other countries exist when you aren't looking at them seems weakly held at best.

Solipsism: now for nations, too.

Date: 2018-11-12 04:58 pm (UTC)
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"A far away country between people of whom we know nothing."

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