Source: Brooklyn Public Library
Start Date: 2019-03-17
Finish Date: 2019-03-26
- This wasn’t as fabulous as Chambers’ earlier books in the series. It improved a lot towards the end, but was a little low on both charm and insight compared to the earlier two. It still had a lot of charm and insight, though – it’s just that the first two books really are something.
- The description of the practically communist / welfare statist Exodus Fleet, and how it was crumbling at the edges reminds me of the EconTalk episode on kibbutzim, which also described a similar crumbling of the kibbutzim over generations.
- A Martian city named Spirit’s Rest was a nice touch.
- Towards the end, there was a passage about humanity operating by stories, but about stories also needing to be in touch with reality, which seems to find a middle ground between Yuval Noah Harari’s “Ignore stories and focus on reality!” and Pratchett’s “The story itself creates reality.”