The Cassini Division
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I first read this in May 1998.
Three hundred years from now a anarcho-communism has delivered a near
Utopia on Earth. However, one enemy from Earth's history still exists and poses a
risk to all of civilisation. This enemy are the god-like post-humans
some of whom have made their home on Jupiter, and some escaped through
a wormhole to New Mars.
The Cassini Division is the defense organisation mandated by the Earth
government to monitor and defend the Earth against this post-humans
should they ever emerge from the depths of Jupiter, or from New Mars
Ellen May Ngwethu is one of the leaders of the Cassini Division. She
knows full well the immense danger posed by the post-humans, and she
has implemented a plan to destroy them once and for by destroying
Jupiter itself. But she also has to be sure that New Mars can also
She knows what she's got to do, and she's got to do it secretly and
quickly, since the rest of civilisation, if given an informed choice,
may have moral qualms against destroying entire civilisations without
even an initial attempt to communicate.
Now that gives absolutely no real idea of this very entertaining book. It's
an exciting yet humorous thriller in a believable society
supported by the most bizarre world-history. The clash of the
anarcho-communists against the anarcho-capitalists is particular
What's it got? Mechanical nanotechnology, smart space-suits, transfer of
human consciousness to computers, artificial intelligence, and wormholes,
Loaded on the 18th May 2001.