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Twenty years after _The Stars My Destination_, Bester returned to fiction with this book, about a time in the future when a band of immortals -- eccentrics from Lucretia Borgia and Captain Nemo to Edison and even a Neanderthal Man -- band together to combat the threat when one of their newest members is taken over by a computer hooked up to all other computers and electrical appliances across the planet. The narrator Guig (short for "Grand Guignol") leads the fight, while incidentally marrying a lithe Indian maiden and mentoring a feisty 13-year-old girl. Lots of nifty ideas, but the story only really gets rolling halfway through and characters keep pouring out of the woodwork, so it's hard to follow and to connect emotionally.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   power source    -   method of control    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   fighting bad computer AI Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Under control of microchip or drug    -   Alien mind control Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   long lived adults

Setting

Terrain    -   Desert    -   Water Which planet?    -   Saturn Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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