A loving homage to Asimov, and dialogue with hima triumph of galactic-scaled SF that is destined to be recognized as a classic in its own right
Eron Osa had faced the ultimate penalty. Not death, but the removal of his fam. Without the augmentation of his brain by his electronic familiar, he can barely function amidst the bewildering complexities of everyday life on Splendid Wisdom. Here, on the capital world of the galaxy's Second Empire, everyone from the meanest citizen to the ruling Pscholars has depended upon a fam since childhood. Without one, simply navigating the streets and levels of the planetary megalopolis is a paralyzing challenge. Lost along with such everyday survival skills were many of Eron's memories and his professional knowledge. The crime he committed must have been terrible to warrant such a dreadful punishment. If only he could remember what it was!
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||4.24(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.57(d)|
About the Author
Donald Kingsbury is a retired from McGill University where he was a a professor of mathematics.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In many ways better than the origional Foundation series, this story gives the feel of the hugeness of the galaxy in both space and history. The charactors are memorable and engage our sympathy with out being moral paragons. The publisher's advertising concentrates of the new technology, (the familliars) but this is a subtle story about power where warring groups can manipulate the future in knowable ways. It is also a story about pychohistory written by a mathemetician and the depth of understanding shows. A slow paced book but it has the best part of SF, it makes you think!
An authentic masterpiece! Kingsbury has outdone himself in writing a sequel that is *better* than Asimov's original Foundation trilogy! Absolutely *delicious* reading! No real SF fan should miss this book!