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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The concepts are interesting as is the "universe", but his writing style, vocaulary and overall execution leave much to be desired. I will say that the story improves in other emortality novels. One person found this helpful. Set in the bioengineered nanotech future of "Les Fleurs du Mal" and the eponymous novella, Inherit the Earth is a taut and well-drawn thriller. Life-extension internal technology IT is good enough that the people who put the world back together after the Crash and Plague Wars some 75 years before still rule the world, albeit behind the scenes.

Stableford is exploring a familiar sfnal question: If rich, powerful people get life-extension first -- as they will -- how do you ever get shed of them? Stableford's writing and characters, at their best, are as good as anyone's in the business. Here's Silas Arnett, a hundred-twenty- something, entertaining his young lover Cathy: The thickness of the towel accentuated her slimness -- another product of authentic youth.

Nanotech had conquered obesity, but it couldn't restore the full muscle tone The path from novella to novel is fraught with peril And while I'm nitpicking -- the American characters do sound veddy British Even if the plots, conspiracies, treacheries and wheels-within wheels do get confusing For the hard SF fan looking for another satisfying set of extrapolative ideas about the future of mankind, Brian Stableford's "Inherit the Earth" has a lot to offer: Unfortunately, the excellent content of the novel is undermined by the flat characterizations, minimal exposition, and lack of suspense.

The novel reads as if Stableford had no idea what to do with his great ideas, especially the generational conflicts raised in the wake of longevity medicine and the longterm impact of longevity on the notion of inheritance. These ideas, which form an interesting critique of current generational disputes and of the postmodern notion of collapsing timeframes, go almost completely unexploited as Stableford drones on page after page with unsympathetic characterization or worse, detailed descriptions from the point of view of these totally unsympathetic characters.

Stableford's ideas are on par with those of Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker and Neal Stephenson, but his ability to convey them in a narrative is as limited as Franklin W. See all 3 reviews. The problem is that the book doesn't start, it never really went anywhere.

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For all of the settings and even halfway compelling characters, there's just not a lot of impetus. With IT being what it is and with the ability to fake death so prevalent and so easy, there's just not much at stake and as such there's no consequence. I couldn't ID a climax. This is ironic, because all of those years ago when I picked this book up, I did so so I could try to break into the sequel which I'm not sure I'll get around to reading on the lukewarm reception of this book. Apr 30, Bradford rated it it was ok.

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This book has a pretty unique premise that pulled me immediately into it; what would the generation on the verge of immortality be like, and how would they cope with the societal changes that would accompany such a technological breakthrough? However, the primary reason I picked this book up is that I continue to love mysteries set in sci-fi, and this novel is full of people pulling hidden strings and political maneuverings, such that it leads us to a larger understanding of the universe that th This book has a pretty unique premise that pulled me immediately into it; what would the generation on the verge of immortality be like, and how would they cope with the societal changes that would accompany such a technological breakthrough?

However, the primary reason I picked this book up is that I continue to love mysteries set in sci-fi, and this novel is full of people pulling hidden strings and political maneuverings, such that it leads us to a larger understanding of the universe that the novel embodies. The mystery itself is the book's biggest strength, though I don't think it likely that anyone would actually be able to figure out all the details on their own before the book spells it out.

My main issue with this book is it's complete lack of interesting female characters. The most prominent female character in this book is regulated to the role of obsessed ex-girlfriend, who seems to exist only to pine for the return of the main character into her life.


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This might be forgivable if only the character wasn't a former tough as nails street fighter supposedly, we never actually get to actually experience this and if the book didn't end on her complaining about the main character ending their relationship, which she does every time she is in the book.

There are four other women who only have minor supporting roles, and all of them seem to be pretty featureless except for a two of them which are remarkable mostly for their physical age.

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The "Old Lady" hacker at least had an interesting back story, but it seems only partially filled out, as if the author really wanted to include his stubbornly tenacious grandma who has survived multiple cancers in the story but also needed a way to shoehorn the character in as an elite hacker. I could go on, but really, it's a decent mystery and a cool setting spoiled by bad characters. That said, I will still read the next book in the series because I'm a sucker for these types of books and I want to see if the next book actually has better characters, female or otherwise.

Oct 15, Becky Graham rated it really liked it. This book is 2 in a series - but I picked it up at a little indy bookstore that was closing for about 10 cents. Haven't read book one, might not read book 3 - but absolutely enjoyed book 2. If you like Sci-fi, questions about mortality and the morals of bio-tech - I would recommend.

Jul 15, Peter Tillman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Set in the bioengineered nanotech future of "Les Fleurs du Mal" andthe eponymous novella, Inherit the Earth is a taut and well-drawn thriller. Life-extension internal technology IT is good enough that the people who put the world back together after the Crash and Plague Wars some 75 years before still rule the world, albeit behind the scenes. Stableford is exploring a familiar sfnal question: If rich, powerful people get life-extension first -- as they will -- how do you ever get rid of them? Stableford's writing and characters, at their best, are as good as anyone's in the business.

Pretty good, although the ending was a little weak. Jul 20, Randy rated it it was ok Shelves: Great build up to the plot and the ending just fizzled I loved all the nanotech, and the world. I just thought the ending was kind of lame. May 09, Ross Winn rated it really liked it. Excellent read, and well-plotted. This is a very odd book, and a very good one. Its oddity lies in its multitude of internal contradictions; central among these are, first, its status as an intrigue- and action-filled thriller which may have virtually no plot to speak of, and, second, the related paradox that, with a backdrop of mean streets and cynical criminality, Inherit the Earth nonetheless is formal, meditative, a feast of often striking intellectual speculation.

The novel's excellence is the product of these dissonances: This is one of Stableford's finest works: This strength may result from the peculiar circumstances that have governed the publication of much of Stableford's prolific output of SF. His natural manner has always seemed to be derived from the scientific romances of the late Victorian era and the early Twentieth Century, of which he is an extremely knowledgeable scholar; this predisposes him to a distanced narrative style, one which delivers considered commentary on the evolutionary and cosmic implications of scientific discovery in the form of contemplative description and dialogue, with little concern for rapid movements of plotting.

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But the pressures of the market demand that plot takes precedence, and so Stableford must compromise Such compromise has been difficult and uneven; whenever Stableford contrives a formula that suits the American market, he alienates his British one; and vice versa. Thus, his metaphysical steampunk magnum opus of the early Nineties, the trilogy beginning with The Werewolves of London , suffered strange neglect from his UK publishers, who, when issuing the final volume, The Carnival of Destruction , seemed chiefly interested in leaving everyone unaware of the fact that the book existed.

The planetary-romance "Genesys" series, which followed, did well enough in Britain, but hasn't appeared in the USA. A particularly acute neo-Wellsian novel, The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires , found a home only with a small press in California.


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  7. And now a highly promising future history, opening with Inherit the Earth and continuing with Architects of Emortality , is a prominent fixture of Tor's American hardcover and paperback lists, but is without a niche in Stableford's home country.