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"The job of the writer is to kiss no ass, no matter how big and holy and white and tempting and powerful." -- Ken Kesey
The biggest, holiest ass in SF is the galactic empire, sometimes called (for good reasons) its most ridiculous idea ever. Contrary Harry wondered what innovations might make a real galactic empire possible, and so created his Spiral's Realms future history; but is "possible" desirable?
"Dismissing SF as serious literature is a dangerous mistake," Harry writes. "It's the only genre consistently prodding folks to look farther down the road to the future. We need that, if we're to have a future."
A refugee from rampant deforestation, Harry Heyoka has spent his adult life in Hawaii, Europe, and North America. Though mute, he is literate in several languages and holds a BS in BS. He loves raw foods and craft ales, and lives with "his" cat outside Helen Gone, Oregon.
Harry also loves good music of all kinds. Check out his Pandora stations at
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on June 23, 2013 :
It's well-written, imaginative, short (50 pages) and has a nice pop at the end. It provides an interesting and upbeat take on the future. I enjoyed it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 01, 2012 :
(reviewed within a month of purchase)