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on July 31, 2010 :
Here, with Angels Dancing, by Rob Shelsky, we have another tale of good versus evil, and the outcome of which spells the fate for humanity-as-we-know-it. Two diplomats on a space station orbiting Jupiter must contend with the strange and various offspring of our own species. Called “mogs,” for short, these are transmogrified humans, those who voluntarily underwent great physical changes to adapt themselves to such worlds as Jupiter, Mars, and other planets. Some have even chosen to alter themselves to the point where they can live in the vacuum of free space. Others have decided to become entities that live in computers, and only interact with the rest through robots they call "remotes." Still others are strange creatures, tentacles, and all, some even looking like balloons ("Blimpies"), but decidedly more aggressive.
One thing all these disparate progeny of standard humans seem to have in common; they want more living space, and crowded Earth looks mighty fine to them! The only problem is that standard humans occupy it, are in the way. However, most of the other races of Man have decided on a convenient way to rid themselves of this annoying problem. And there are only two people who can try to stop them, the two diplomats from Earth. Do they have a prayer of succeeding? Or, as one remote tells them, are standard humans now “obsolete?” For Dinty and Jayne Wong, those two diplomats, it is all a delicate diplomatic dance that erupts into open warfare aboard the space station. And if angels are dancing, so are demons!
This is a captivating and stimulating story of the possibilities that might result from a human Diaspora, but not in the sense of them just spreading out into space to conquer new worlds, but also into dispersing into separate and distinct species, each with their own agendas, which may not bode well for us original humans. Mr. Shelsky handles this subject well. What an imagination he has! If you can think up a species, he seems to be able to do it and better! I think, for science fiction fans who like a tense story, one of high impact, and yet fun, Angels Dancing is a definite tale to read. It gets five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)