Review: The Four Thousand / 800 by Greg Egan

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Publisher: Subterranean Press

Publishing Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9781596067912

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.4/5

Publishers Description: With “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” acclaimed author Greg Egan offers up a stellar, novella-length example of hard science fiction, as human and involving as it is insightful and philosophical.

Review: Early Vesta colonizers are getting persecuted and fleeing into the void, strapped to rocks while chemically suspended to survive the trip to Space Station Ceres. Ceres Director, Anna Dingbat must make some hard choices as the colonizers are labeled war criminals and pursued through space.

Holy moly this was boring. As a novella you would think that with the compressed story line, the movement would gallop at a good clip while developing the characters. Not so much here. The characters are thinly constructed so you really have no emotional investment in any outcome that may transpire. There was also an inordinate amount of dialogue, mostly about the greater good and the injustices of persecution. Wah. What stood out like a dick in a bowl of hot dogs was trying to force a big slice of social commentary down the gullet of hard Science Fiction. Didn’t work for me.

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4 thoughts on “Review: The Four Thousand / 800 by Greg Egan

  1. What stood out like a dick in a bowl of hot dogs. Gawd, I have to remember this one!! 😄 Loved reading this, as always.

  2. I stole that from Eden Hudson.

  3. I second Anne… that’s a good saying!

    Heh, the book wasn’t so ‘philosophical’ then as promised in the blurb?… 😀

  4. Some reviewers were squeezing blood from a turnip with this being a “metaphor” for societal life. To me it was mostly whining and dithering about life choices.

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