From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego - Normal Heights
Cause of a hectic week in CyberCountry Safari I've been going slow thru Anvil, and eagerly awaiting the approach to the true system of the Planet Killers.
I wasn't as thuroughly en-meshed in the Stapledonian Mythos then as I am now, having read Star Maker only once the last time I read Anvil....
But sheesh,the final system and what is going on there resembles on of Stapledon's Advanced Planetary/Interplanetary Societies.
Pity it's all a sham, a front.
And in that light it reminds me a little bit of the section in Star Maker called "The Tragedy of the Perverts" where certain advanced societies travel to anoften kill off other advanced societies that won't "live their way"
I plan to buy a new copy of / in the next few days
From: Greg Bear
Going through Stapledon's books and novels prepping them for my Kindle, and rediscovering a lot of primary and core ideas!
From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk
I like to read the Leviathan system not (exactly) as a sham, cos what lends the book so much emotional punch is the tragedy of exterminating trillions of people in order for the Law to be carried out. Only Martin as the moral centre of the book is even willing to consider the monsterous mind-jamming immensity of what they have done. I almost wish [spoiler] they hadnt found evidence of the Killers.