Wednesday, June 24, 2009

#19 Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold is about Leo Graf, an engineer sent to teach at a distant space station. What he finds there ends up turning him into an activist.

His students are a genetically modified human subspecies called "quads" who have four arms instead of two arms and two legs. They are also genetically adapted to live better in the low gravity of off world living. While the have the same intelligence, personalities and hopes and desires as humanity, they are treated by the research company as property and nothing more.

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1 comment:

psikeyhackr said...

4/5 stars

I started reading sci-fi in the 60s. Things have changed. Lots of people who claim to be sci-fi fans act like there is something wrong with having SCIENCE in science fiction. STAR WARS is NOT science fiction!!!

Falling Free and Komarr are the two most scientifically interesting stories in the Vorkosigan series. Falling Free has more science and engineering than Komarr but Komarr has a more interesting story with better characterization. Bujold was more experienced as a writer by then.

But Falling Free is very good for other reasons. It isn't really a Miles Vorkosigan story though. But it does bring up issues about genetic engineering and indentured servitude to corporations.

It's 40 years after the Moon landing and we have cheap computers and double-entry accounting is 700 years old. So why haven't educators been suggesting mandatory accounting in the schools for years? What do you mean we are being indoctrinated like quaddies? Sci-fi is about what to do with technology.