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Great Sky River (original 1987; edition 1988)

by Gregory Benford

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Title:Great Sky River
Authors:Gregory Benford
Info:Spectra (1988), Mass Market Paperback, 10 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:science fiction

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Great Sky River by Gregory Benford (1987)

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    Tides of Light by Gregory Benford (sf_addict)
    sf_addict: Great sky River was the first Benfotd book I read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had to read the rest of the series! The earlier books however, dealing with Walmsey, are rather less interesting.
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Benford is one of the SF greats and Great Sky River one of his great books. As an act of imagination it's a triumph, as a piece of storytelling and writing it is by turns soaring, lyrical, and poetic. And sometimes it falls a bit flat on its face. That's OK because in the main Great Sky River works very well and the failings are because Benford seems to be pushing his considerable talents as a writer to the limit - and those sorts of failings you can easily forgive.

So sometimes he over-indulges himself with explanation, and sometimes he doesn't quite break free of the preconceptions of his own era. As a result the narrative can meander or jerk in a few places. On the other hand his views of machine intelligence, its struggle and failure to understand organic life and the catastrophic consequences that result, all told through the story and characters of this bold novel, are as thoughtful and profound as anything you'll find in fiction.

It's his gifts as a writer, his empathy with the human condition and universe-building that make me think of him as a kind of Ian Banks of his era. Except in Benford's universe humanity lives in no perfect culture. The glory days have long gone, mankind is flat on its face and struggling to rise again. Still bold and brave, still striving to understand, broken, bloody, and in its beaten and bested way still magnificent. ( )
  DKGullen | Jan 9, 2014 |
NIL
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Mechs are bad, okay.

A rag-tag fugitive bunch is trying to survive on a planet. They meet a group who have apparently cut a deal with the enemy to assure their survival. The enemy in this case being one of the Mechs. You know how this sort of story usually plays out, deals with the devil and all that sort of thing. Just not too interesting this book, as everything of course gets worse from there.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2007/08/great-sky-river-gregory-benford.html ( )
  bluetyson | Jan 10, 2008 |
I could not finish this book. ( )
  tcgardner | Oct 15, 2007 |
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