Wave Without A Shore
Copyright 1981 by
I first read this in June 1990 and most recently in April 2007.
In the capital city, Kierkegaard, of a small but very odd colony world, there
is a University. Attending the University are two students Herrin Law and Waden
Jenks. The intelligence, imagination and sheer brilliance of these two students
will allow them to change their world forever.
However, it's not going to change in the way they imagine. For one thing, they will
have to start seeing the invisible strangers living in their community. Some
of these invisibles are their own ex-citizens. Furthermore they'll have to
start communicating with the alien natives that have inhabited this world for
The novel takes about half of the book to get going - up to then it is mainly
rather artificial and erroneous existentialist discourses on the nature of
reality. But after Herrin gets his comeuppance it gets on track, and then when Waden
Jenks in turn gets his comeuppance, it's rolling along quite nicely and ends up
with a satisfying conclusion, with the aid of Sbi the alien Ahint.
It's clearly a moral tale, but the what the moral is sadly escapes me.
I suppose it is something about sculpture.
What's it got: grass eating aliens; a dribble of Kierkegaard, a philosopher
I'd completely ignored. However, I've just spotted that Wittgenstein thought
Kierkegaard was the bee's knees. Now I rate Witty so it might be worth spending
some time on Kirky. Or not, of course.
Not a brilliant book, but mildly entertaining. It moves faster than "Downbelow Station"
and immeasurably more swiftly than the interminable "Cloud's Rider".
Loaded on the 25th January 2007.