I read this book about 26-Apr-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2000. This note was last modified Monday, 01-Mar-2004 11:11:56 PST.
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My first book by this author, too. Heard enough good stuff I had to give it a try. Don't regret it badly, either.
It's a first-contact story about humans in a universe where we haven't made contact or detected signals or anything. We're happy, living on 9 planets, have limited FTL, good economy, only one interstellar war and it's widely regarded as a mistake. People wonder if we really *are* alone. (It's also quite a few hundred years ahead of us.)
Really fairly good, though there's rather a horror taste to one sub-plot. But somehow the characters, the society, and the story never quite pull together enough for me to be excited; just moderately amused.