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Rainbows End. Vinge's very best yet.

I just got done reading Rainbows End.

I think I'm going to buy a voting-only membership to WorldCon, just so's I can vote for it for the Hugos.

It's Vinge as he always was, only more so, more refined, and better.

The SF was crystal hard.

The characterizations and voices were perfect.

He reprises some of his familiar tropes, but does them very extremely well. His grasp of villany is utterly realistic, and even more subtle. (Great Villains are always Heros in their own mind, regretfully Doing What Must Be Done, with the Best of Intentions.)

Again, his protagonists are not Great Heros, but just ordinary flawed people, all trying in their own sphere to do what is right (for them), who are just sometimes lucky (and sometimes not).

The world does not start out a utopia, nor does it end as so. Saving The World for Freedom does not immediately make every thing All Right, and might not ever do.

And then I could go on and on and on about the wonderfully reflexive injokes and references, opportunities that are served up in multitudes by virtue of being a SF novel set in a world were there are novels, novelists, and where nearly everyone realizes they are living in a SFnal world, and have to and get to live with it. (And if Pratchet does write The Firey Crow in the early `teens, it will be wonderfully appropriate...)

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wendolen From: wendolen Date: March 9th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I imagine he will now. I've never known Pratchett to pass up the opportunity for an in-joke.
papertygre From: papertygre Date: March 9th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure you have a long line of people asking to borrow it...
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 9th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you want to be one of them?
papertygre From: papertygre Date: March 10th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes :)
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 10th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Give me a call, +1-206-604-2198, so we can arrange it.
kespernorth From: kespernorth Date: March 9th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Firey Crow?
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 9th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vinge tries to write as realistic future as he can. The book is set in the mid-20's. In his setting, Pratchett is still a very popular author, and is still writing books. There is a reference to a book he wrote in the `teens by that title.

We'll just have to wait ten years and see if PTerry takes Vinge up on the challange.
kespernorth From: kespernorth Date: March 9th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds like the sort of meta that would tickle him.
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