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I first read this in 1981 and most recently on the 5th October 2001.
Chris'fer Minor is crazy and he wants to be cured. Earth medicine can't
help him, so he's petitioned to go to Gaea, the living ringworld near
Jupiter. Robin has epilepsy and that's no good in her world where a
moment's inattention can mean death for everybody. She's going to Gaea
Captain Cirroco Jones, "Rocky", former commander of the spaceship Ringmaster, has
been Gaea's Wizard for the past seventy-odd years, and it's getting her
down. In the early days she moved mountains and wrestled monsters, she
was a hero. But in the past few years, she's given all that up and now
she's just a drunk.
Her crewmate Gaby still struggles to save her beloved Rocky, and to
oppose the all-powerful, but capricious, Gaea.
What a sequel to "Titan"! In my review of "Titan", following a
recent rereading, I commented that the series "knocked me out when I
first read them back in the '80s and they're still great fun".
Well, that was wrong. It's true that "Titan" itself didn't have quite
the same impact after twenty years, but I'm astonished to say that "Wizard"
bowled me over again. Such imagination and such a thrilling ride. This
is one of the classic SF series.
Sad about Gaby though.
Loaded on the 10th December 2001.