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07:33 pm: 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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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 30th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)

Asach Quinn

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Isn't young, and isn't a man. Asach is intersexed. That proves useful when dealing with the Swenson's Apes/Moties. It helps move them past their initial sense of revulsion in dealing with a creature (Laurel Courter) who is so obviously (to them) deformed and inadequate.

What's interesting to me is that most readers pick a biological sex anyway. Many are then unhappy with their choice. Why, one wonders?

New Brookland Press is a minuscule training ground for poor interns who, indeed, don't make the best proofreaders. But they are improving.
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 1st, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Asach Quinn

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I said Asach is genderless. I didn't see anywhere that said intersexed, so I'd appreciate the location of that.

I just read two new books from one of my favorite writers (one is for bookgroup, so I won't post about those until after the 21st), and both books really needed more editing. There's many older books and they were much better than these two.
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