Robert Charles Wilson, the author of the awesome Blind Lake, Spin trilogy, and Darwinia, is one of my favorite science fiction writers. More than any other living author, he is able to conjure breathtaking stories of real people in a vast and strange universe. Of course I couldn't miss his last novel, Burning Paradise, published last week.
I don't think Burning Paradise is Wilson's best book, but Wilson's second best is still exceptionally good science fiction, and I warmly recommend this book. More than any other living author, Wilson is able to conjure breathtaking stories of real people in a vast and strange universe.
To me, the most interesting aspect of Burning Paradise is the totally alien intelligence of the hypercolony, reminiscent of the living ocean in Solaris and the microbot swarm intelligence in The Invincible (both by Stanisław Lem).
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