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The Far Side of the Sky: Jumping off the Planet ; Bouncing off the Moon ;…

by David Gerrold

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Series: Dingilliad (Omnibus 1-3), Starsiders (Omnibus 1-3)

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I normally don't like omnibus albums, but I have to make an exception here. While each book written so they can each stand alone, there's an overall experience that would be lost if they weren't read together. Reading them in the omnibus--deeply in immersed in the story, I barely noticed moving from book to book. The overall experience is excellent--each book succeeds in presenting new challenges (and raising the stakes) without feeling like the new challenges came out of nowhere.

David Gerrold successfully presents interesting technologies throughout. Very cool, elaborately laid out vision of the space elevator concept, problem-solving computers, and even slow-but-still-FTL ships. If you love sci-fi for cool technology (which I do), there's plenty of cool toys throughout.

He also succeeds in not letting the technology "be the story". The story is still about people, primarily focused on the middle son of divorced parents with three sons. His and his family's personal struggles are interwoven with, and frequently complicated or helped by, the larger social struggles of a burgeoning inter-planetary society still trying to avoid a Malthusian end.

The pacing is excellent. You get a brief rest at the end of each book (or the beginning of the next) as the next book winds itself up to speed, but frequently I found myself unable to stop reading, even in-between books. Each books leaves you wanting to read more without resorting to the much-abused "cliffhanger". Each book finishes without leaving anything hanging--and the second/third books pick up where the previous left off, presenting new problems and twists that are natural outcomes from decisions made in the previous book.

Definitely a book worth tracking down and reading by whatever means you can--buy it, borrow a friend's, fast-talk the library into ordering it if they don't have it, harass your local used bookstore until they track down a copy! ( )
  feaelin | Aug 21, 2011 |
Prequels to "A Matter for Men". Not bad & fills out the world. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
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Sending young people on extraordinary adventures in which they discover their worlds and themselves is one of science fiction's grand traditions.

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