In Tomb Of The Fathers, A Short Novel By Eleanor Arnason, Arnasons Recurring Character Lydia Duluth Joins A Motley Crew Of Intergalactic Travelers To Explore The Long Lost Homeworld Of The Atch, Who Have A Mysterious History They D Like To Keep Buried On The Planet They Left Behind But The Expedition Goes Awry When A Rogue AI, Determined To Keep The Planet And Its System Quarantined, Destroys The Star Gate, Stranding The Expedition On The Planet The Travelers Encounter The Native Atch And Discover The Tomb Of The Fathersand See Firsthand What Can Happen When Childcare Becomes The Dominant Issue For A Species. The story is compelling, but the characterizations are lacking in depth. The cover looks like some kind of cheesy Star Wars rip off The reviews on the back make it sound as if it s written by Douglas Adams with a PhD The actual book reads as if it were written by a sociology PhD trying to be Douglas Adams, and failing I didn t
Guessing this was an earlier work since it seems like a 1980s style novella novelette The Marxism clunks, the aliens and the world aren t particularly well delevoped and the gender essentialism lands with a thud, at least for me I ve definitely read other
this is light and fun with some interesting aliens and AIs This was a departure for the author Her other books were well characterized, but this one isn t It reminds me of Venus on the Half Shell , only this isn t a parody of golden age SF. I am such a sucker for Marxist aliens. Fun, actually Too bad she mostly writes shorter science fiction Too bad for me, that is.
- 150 pages
- Tomb of the Fathers
- Eleanor Arnason
- 06 July 2019 Eleanor Arnason