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Tobias has commented on (4) products.

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
2312

Tobias, August 6, 2012

2312 is a return to some of Robinson's Big Themes - environmental, economic, and social. Great characters (though I found Swan, the protagonist, a little hard to warm up to, which may of course be intentional), and even a sort of detective story add to the enjoyment. Also doesn't appear to be the beginning of some sort of multi-volume epic (making it more like Years of Rice and Salt, say, that the Mars Trilogy), though nothing about its resolution would prevent that. Well worth reading.
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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Tobias, January 1, 2011

What could be a cocky, overly-self-conscious literary homage to pulp SF is instead both funny and ultimately quite moving. Well worth a read.
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For the Win by Cory Doctorow
For the Win

Tobias, May 27, 2010

Another great read from Mr. Doctorow, FTW is quite serious (both in subject and tone) for a Young Adult novel. But it moves at a breathtaking pace, and the overall message is an important one, so I have been recommending it left and right, to anyone over the age of 13. Absolutely worth your time.
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Against a Dark Background by Iain M. Banks
Against a Dark Background

Tobias, May 4, 2009

Not a new title from Banks, but in fact a reprint of one of his grimmest 90s works. Not a Culture novel, but a standalone piece, Against a Dark Background is first-rate, but pervasively gloomy (not as over the top as Use of Weapons, say, but broodingly dark nonetheless). Not my recommendation for an introduction to his work, but well worth reading once you've sampled something like Consider Phlebas, Look to Windward, or Excession, say.
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