Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman

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Outies by J.R. Pournelle

This is an approved sequel of King David's Spaceship, The Mote in God's Eye, and The Gripping Hand. The J. is Jennifer, daughter of Jerry. I hadn't heard of the publisher -- New Brookland Press -- it has only Outies in its listings, and the domain has domainsbyproxy, which is a scam. I think this means it's self-published and that makes sense because it could use editing. You guys know this kind of stuff bothers me, so you get to know about it, too. On the other hand, there's an Appendix, from Asach Quinn's work, for 32 pages. On the gripping hand, I suppose, is the fact that the cover should have a coherent laser depiction, which it doesn't.

But what about the story? Well, New Utah is trying to keep from being a colony of the Empire of Man, but not everybody there agrees. An intelligent young man -- Asach Quinn -- who also is good at getting things the way he wants, and is genderless*, starts the story going. The beginning has a lot of setting up and I was starting to be disappointed, but then the story really picked up and made sense. You see, the Swenson's Apes, found on first exploration, turn out to be Moties, and we don't know why. The book mixes a lot of organizations, religions, and races in order to get their last chance to be a Commissioned Planet.

This book clearly calls for a sequel, and I'd like to see the results of an editor when I read it.

*The genderlessness was actually useless in this book; maybe the sequel will have more use for it.
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