Doohan & Stirling: The Rising

October 12, 2004

James Doohan & S.M. StirlingThe Rising: Flight Engineer v. 1
Riverdale, NY : Baen, 1996.

This is space opera. I like a good space opera. This is the engineer as hero, fixing things and re-routing things so that he can save the day. The engineer-hero is a classic motif in science fiction. This is a story about a fighter jock, with several characters referring to peas and grapefruit to describe our hero. Fighter jock novels can be fun. This is not a serious work. I like light reading.

So, it is a well-crafted space opera, with many of the traits and faults of the genre, and while it does not always remain plausible, it does always remain true to genre. In space opera, what is important is that you remain true to genre, so on those terms this is a very good book indeed.

I liked reading it. I read it in a couple of hours after midnight with a cranky boy in my other arm. I might even read some of the other books in the series. But, I feel no compulsion to read more - this is fiction by the yard, in a fine pattern, but without compelling cut or style.

Posted by Red Ted at October 12, 2004 10:46 AM | TrackBack
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