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Uncharted Territory
     

Uncharted Territory

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by Connie Willis
 

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Planetary surveyors Fin and Carson battle hostile terrain, bureaucratic red tape, and renegade "planet crashers" in this latest novella by the talented author of Doomsday Book. Willis continues to demonstrate her endless versatility in this archly written satire, which is both a love story and a shameless expose of the dark side of political correctness.

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Uncharted Territory 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
QuantumMechanic More than 1 year ago
I love Willis' prose - I was going to reference her masterpiece "Doomsday Book" in passing, which I'd finished just prior to diving into "Uncharted Territory," and it almost turned this into a review of the wrong book. Suffice it to say she writes with the elegance, wit and British flavor of H.H. Munro, but she's from...Colorado? Go figure. Anyhow, the alienness of "Uncharted Territory" just knocked me off my chair. It took me at least two chapters just to wrap my brain around the places, the creatures and the activities she was describing - then I got yanked off my unsuspecting duff for a fascinating and quietly hilarious ride across the Boohte back-country. This is listed as a "novella," but by the end you feel as though you've read a handful of chapters of a much larger, unfinished novel. I'm really hoping "Uncharted Territory" is just a prelude to such a full-blown novel, because the setting and characters, which are as richly, totally alien as those of Clarke's Rama or Herbert's Arrakis, scream for the wider plot and theme. This seems like a snippet from a much larger story - as such, it seems to begin in the middle and end arbitrarily, with no deeper, more engaging story to latch onto. "Uncharted Territory" is almost journalistic in that sense. Nonetheless, well worth the trip, a dozen times over, and you will end up thinking about the characters you'll meet on this short journey for days after you finish the last page. It's just that it will leave you wishing you could have the other 80% of the story.
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As Connie Willis is wont to do, Uncharted Territory is a pithy novel that is very funny and very smart. Some interesting twists and turns as well as gentle pokes at our present culture's future. Read and enjoy.
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In the middle of the huge forest many preditors call home a wide stream flows through. A cat is capadle of jumping over but it is quite deep. When you look close you can see fish swimming around. Unaware of danger...