The Stone Canal
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I first read this on the 9th December 2001.
As in his other books, the novel takes place in two threads, the first
on the planet New Mars, far from the Solar System and hundreds of years
in the future, and the second on Earth back from the 1970s though to
the revolutions and the emergence of the new world order in the early
Jonathan Wilde, formerly of Scotland, awakens to find himself on New Mars.
This world is run by John Reid, his old friend and bitter rival from
Earth in the old days. John Reid, having survived through to the present day, controls the world and
is very unhappy to have Jonathan turn-up, especially since he appears to
be a illegally created clone. So it's time to seize the time and restart the
I've completely messed up reading this series of books. I read the second book
The Cassini Division first, followed by the forth The Sky Road (at
which point I decided that Ken MacLeod was pretty good and getting
better) then Cosmonaut Keep (at least that's part one of a new
series) and now I've read this. the third book, and still
haven't read the first The Star Fraction.
I particularly enjoy the convincing flashbacks to the '70s. I can't remember much
of them, of course, and I'm perfectly happy to take on these memories as
What's it got? Fast Than Light travel, artificial intelligence, nano-technology,
age-extension, robots, androids and clones, and of course lots of political
Loaded on the 20th January 2002.