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Falling Free (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) (original 1988; edition 2008)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Title:Falling Free (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
Authors:Lois McMaster Bujold
Info:Baen (2008), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)


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White man turns up and rescues genetically engineered children from evil company. Happy ending, page turning yomp. ( )
  atreic | Jun 21, 2017 |
Leo Graf arrives to the Habitat on work assignment to teach free-fall welding -- but he soon finds a new calling leading children to form their own independent null-gee community.

This is a light adventure sprinkled with bigger themes, and just to my taste. Although the baddie is almost over the line into too self-centered to be believed and the plot is as straightforward as you might expect for 300 pages, Bujold hits on some deeper themes (my favorite), and I quite liked this book. In particular, I loved the two competing readings of the quaddie predicament whose cognitive dissonance eventually resolved into a clear proclamation of slavery, the depth of Dr. Yei, the deliberate socialized (feminized?) nature of the quaddies leading them to be kind to the downsiders set on their destruction and to see not sharing as a grave sin, the importance of women/children and the wry phrases tapping Bujold insight (like planets being so dirty... since they are made of dirt), the recurring theme of choice even when embedded in hierarchy and calls to action when one is best-placed to do act, the increased quiet insubordination of the downsiders ostensibly helping Van Atta reflecting a newfound morality, and the perception of the strangeness of gravity that suffuses the novel that matches our perceptions and experiments with the strangeness of weightlessness -- from worrying about babies falling off edges to expectations about how materials will move.

Quite a fun novella that clearly hits on themes relevant to its time, lightly enough to not be dated or held back by them even nearly thirty years on. Well recommended as an engaging and substance-containing light read. ( )
1 vote pammab | Jan 4, 2017 |
This is a pretty good book. It still sad to see in the future that sexism and misogyny is still alive in the casual asides leveled at some of the women, the fact the creche people are all women and wear pink and the fact that Van Atta exists at all.
The sad fact is that the men in the book do most of the heavy lifting. Leo has the plan, Ti is the one to pilot the jumper, Pramod and crew are the ones to redo the configuration etc. Silver and Claire are the only two women that really feature prominently. Claire being a baby clutcher at that.
Also in the end there was no reason for Andy to be male. SO once again we have the "all babies are male" coming into play. Someone might point out that this was written back in the 80s, but that's still no excuse.

The good points of the book though is that there isn't really any violence. There are a few incidents that happen, but unlike [b:On Basilisk Station|35921|On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)|David Weber|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1390456253s/35921.jpg|965345] there's no ship combat, people shooting everything up, dead bodies hanging everywhere. So it's a nice relief from all that.
Overall this reads a lot better than [b:The Cage of Zeus|10201361|The Cage of Zeus|Sayuri Ueda|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347225826s/10201361.jpg|15100643] too, which is turning into a shit show.
There is diversity also in this book. Maybe not executed so so well, but we have Ti, Pramod, Yei, and a few others.
The only squicky thing is that Leo is said to be around 40? and Silver is 15? And they make googly eyes at each other. I guess maybe it's excused because quaddies have a shorter life BUT... they look like children, which goes back into that whole fetish/pedo thing.

As and aside I read some of the short reviews for the [b:The Warrior's Apprentice|61906|The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)|Lois McMaster Bujold|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1170597854s/61906.jpg|2792] and te first comment is about how Bro McDudely is picking apart her work because she's a woman and "what do wimminz know of military!" and he can't find fault with it. I be he doesn't pick apart the men's SF. The next one just outright calls Bujold a "girl". Doesn't even see her as a woman. Gross on all accounts that these mindsets are STILL ALIVE TODAY. ( )
  Maverynthia | May 11, 2016 |
Interesting world building with some consideration of the potential outcomes of corporations owning life and what happens when they are no longer financially viable. ( )
1 vote kale.dyer | May 7, 2016 |
Something of a prequel to the Vorkosigan Saga, Falling Free is Bujold's story of the origin of the quaddies and a look at an earlier stage in the development of the galaxy as Miles knows it. I really enjoyed reading about Leo Graf and the quaddies and noticed the brief mentions of Beta Colony.
  hailelib | Apr 13, 2016 |
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Falling Free is one of Bujold’s early books, and it isn’t as technically accomplished as her later work. It’s definitely one of her minor books, but she’s so good that a minor book for her would be a major one for anyone else.
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Four-handed quaddies
In a race to live freely
Saved by Leo Graf.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 067157812X, Mass Market Paperback)

Leo Graf was an effective engineer ...Safety Regs weren't just the rule book he swore by; he'd helped write them. All that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Leo was profoundly uneasy with the corporation exploitation of his bright new students - till that exploitation turned to something much worse. He hadn't anticipated a situation where the right thing to do was neither safe, nor in the rules...Leo Graf adopted 1000 quaddies - now all he had to do was teach them to be free.

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A Vorkosigan adventure. Sci-fi. Winner of Nebula Award.

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