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Book Title: Tides of Light|
The author of the book: Gregory Benford
ISBN 13: 9780446611541
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 28.89 MB
Date of issue: September 1st 2004
Read full description of the books Tides of Light:Following the departure of the Family Bishop from Snowglade, Tides of Light continues the Galactic Centre Saga by Gregory Benford. Here, Benford finally hits his stride with this series. He deftly introduces more pieces to the intragalactic puzzle he only hinted at in Great Sky River and presents us with a credible alien race. While the science here is not as hard as we are usually accustomed to with Benford, his writing is at the same level as his Sunborn.
Tides of Light details the adventures of the fleeing remnants of humanity when they arrive at the planetary system they set out to at the end of Great Sky River. Along the way Benford manages to comment rather acerbically on religous fundamentalism and the tragedy it brings when welded to politics. Benford also works in commentary on the abuse of power, the disaster of blind obedience and the triumph of rationality in human endevor. Pretty heady stuff well seasoned with an action packed plot.
This novel does suffer from a few serious flaws. Benford has a couple of lengthy info-dumps that stand out from the rest of the narrative like unhammered nails. what is worse is that one of these poorly handled info-dumps exists only to support another deus ex machina that saves the heroes. There also exist a couple of fairly streched plot points that, in the end, serve only to hurt the socio-political comments Benford tries to make.
Better than average, with some truly excellent scenes, Tides of Light is a good continuation of what promises to be a exciting series.
Read information about the authorGregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.
As a science fiction author, Benford is best known for the Galactic Center Saga novels, beginning with In the Ocean of Night (1977). This series postulates a galaxy in which sentient organic life is in constant warfare with sentient mechanical life.
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