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I first read this on the 20th August 2005.
Scattered across the galaxy are the relics of a lost but
fantastically advanced civilisation. Humankind has been able to use
some of these. The Angel Station gateways have allowed
Humanity to spread far and wide across the galaxy, The biological knowledge
lets us transmogrify ourselves, our bodies and even our genes.
On the distant planet of Kaspar, watched by human scientists and guarded
by human militia, the sole extant alien civilisation found by man is
developing, closely supervised by humanity but completely unaware that it
is not alone.
But a wave of death triggered by ancient enemies of the Angels is sweeping across
this wing of the galaxy. Shortly it will destroy all life on Kaspar.
We could rescue the aliens, after all they are perhaps our only
companions in this galaxy. It would be a vast operation, and vastly
expensive. But it would be the only moral action.
Of course, some people really don't want that. They don't give a
damn about alien lives. They see quite an advantage in a sterilised world.
I have to admit that I love the book more for its title than its content. Yes,
I enjoyed reading it. But what a title - it gives me such a feeling of
scale, part of that may just be that I read this in big format paperback so
much more impressive than the regular mass market edition. So much
heavier, too, of course.
Perhaps I should review all my reviews and see If I review large formats
differently - perhaps I tend say that they start well but finally disappoint.
It would be an embarrassment to discover that was simply tiredness on my part.
It was an interesting book, just not as good as I hoped it would be when I
picked it off the shelf in the shop.
Loaded on the 16th December 2006.