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L. Neil Smith
Birth date: May 12, 1946
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 3 months ago
(Original Review, 1980)As for me, conflict of all kinds is a most important part of what I look for in a story. This certainly includes good (or even just "passable") vs evil, so I agree with Chip to that extent. But denigrating FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE because it was a classic "engineer vs problem" st...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 5 years ago
Pallas is a terraformed asteroid on which there are two contending groups. One is a colony founded by the United Nations, the other is a colony founded by the entrepreneur who terraformed Pallas. The back flyleaf claims in the novel Smith is "carrying on the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein's Libertaria...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 5 years ago
I'm rating this and reviewing this for the record--it's something I'm trying to do for all the books I've read, or at least tried. But it's more the case than usual that my personal tastes factor into my reactions--this really just isn't a book for me. I actually was drawn to the book not because of...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 5 years ago
L. Neil Smith is particularly known for his libertarian science fiction, especially his alternate history "North American Confederacy" series that is kicked off with The Probability Broach. Personally, I find those books rather farfetched and too polemical--and I consider myself a libertarian. The C...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 5 years ago
As it happens, Contact and Commune is an apt title. The novel concerns first contact between humankind and a non-human technological society. And the commune? Well, the expedition is from the American Soviet Socialist Republic and the United World Soviet. A case of the universal lack of ability to f...
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