By Stephen E Andrews
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BANKS founded on the playing of an elaborate war game. Success or failure in the game dictates each individual’s position in the hierarchy. The greatest of all players becomes Emperor. Gurgeh journeys to the Empire to play as a guest in the game and succeeds beyond everyone’s expectations. As he progresses further and further through the Empire’s elaborate tournament, the dangers to his well-being grow and he learns more and more about the brutal realities that underpin the Empire’s apparent civilization.
Freed from the convention of a narrative that focused on a handful of characters, this approach allowed Bradbury to exploit fresh angles on (and startling insights into) the diverse aspects of men and Martians with each successive tale. The result is a singularly compulsive book that expertly explores humanity’s naïve expectations of the alien and the thoughtless cruelty of our predispositions as conquerors. The author also expresses the strangeness of the inscrutable Martians with a lyrical gift that still fascinates readers today.
Carrying echoes of ideas that have been present in SF since it began (the Frankenstein story of the hubristic scientist losing control of his own creation is an obvious influence), Blood Music is also a masterly fictional embodiment of much more contemporary debates. As genetic 13 02 100 MR SF 8/8/06 9:00 pm Page 14 100 MUST-READ SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS engineering and the possibilities of downloading consciousness to machines beckon us towards a post-human or transhuman future, Bear’s engrossing novel remains essential reading.
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