[ExI] What science fiction have you read, lately?
bronto at pobox.com
Tue Aug 17 03:38:02 UTC 2021
Most recent fiction reading: the Long Earth saga by Pratchett & Baxter.
It begins in the near future when an eccentric engineer anonymously
publishes plans for a "Stepper Box", simple enough for anyone to build
and carry; it takes the bearer to one of two parallel worlds, adjacent
in a chain of (at least) hundreds of millions, most of them effectively
empty of hominids.
It soon emerges that a minority of humans have the innate ability to
Step. In one episode, an ancestor of the central character uses the
talent to help the Underground Railroad -- and I thought, what if
instead of sending the escapees to Canada you leave them in a side
world? They'd have to learn to live Paleolithic-style, but that's an
easier life than farming.
(And anyone who interferes with the liberation, you can dump on the
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