Queen Of Angels
Copyright 1990 by
I first read this in 1992 and most recently on the 1st September 2013
A charismatic poet, Emanuel Goldsmith, invited his friends for a party
at his home and coldly murdered each in turn as they arrived. Public
Defender Mary Choy is after him. She'll track him down and bring him
in, even if he has escaped to the dangerous dictatorship of Hispaniola.
Martin Burke, discoverer of the Country of the Mind, will step
into the head of the murderer Goldsmith to track down whatever dreadful
evil has made its home within.
Meanwhile far away in the cold space of Alpha Centauri, an unemotional
AI has finally discovered alien life. Back on Earth that explorer's
artificial parent, Jill, desperately hopeful, struggles for
self-awareness while carefully monitoring her AI offspring for similar
But do we know enough about consciousness to judge who - human or AI -
is conscious and who is not?
I've read this book several times and it is very good indeed. It
certainly is one of Bear's best novels. After a quick interlude
(reading Maggy Thomas' superb "Broken Time") I searched for another
Bear book and came across "Slant", the follow-up to this novel.
"Slant" again features Mary Choy, Martin Burke and Jill.
My edition of "Slant" has an uninspiring front cover and a rear
cover that annoyingly includes no plot synopsis. I was stumped
momentarily as to whether it was worth a re-read. However my
massive brain didn't let me down for long, just a further moment
for incisive thinking and I realized I could check SF Reviews to
see whether I'd reviewed it and what I'd thought. Indeed I had
reviewed it, and to my delight, I'd rated it as absolutely
brilliant. So do yourself a favour. Read both "Queen of Angels"
and "Slant". Then tell me am I right. Am I right? Of course
I am! Great books.
I want to throw myself into "Slant" but must restrain myself
while I write this quick review of this first book. I remember
it's characters the lovely, determined Mary Choy, the driven
Martin Burke and his Faustian agreement, and of course the AI
Jill, brilliant and desperately hopeful. I'm looking forwarding
to meeting up with them again in "Slant".
Loaded on the 10th October 2013.