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Topic: Anvil of Stars: Leviathan System: Busy Utopias

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego - Normal Heights
Date: 09/04/2009

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

Re: Anvil of Stars: Leviathan System: Busy Utopias

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/23/2009

Going through Stapledon's books and novels prepping them for my Kindle, and rediscovering a lot of primary and core ideas!

Re: Anvil of Stars: Leviathan System: Busy Utopias

From: al brady
Location: cambridge uk
Date: 09/15/2011

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.

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