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Book Title: In the Country of the Blind|
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Reader ratings: 6.7
The author of the book: Michael F. Flynn
Date of issue: July 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780671698867
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.97 MB
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I have really enjoyed some of Michael Flynn's later work, but this one sure didn't live up to the standards that his more experienced writing sets.
The idea is great- that history can be quantified and predicted, and even changed, through scientific analysis. I'm all about the social sciences being the subject of a hard science fiction novel. I was all ready to read about past history and present-day manipulation of history and alternate history.
But didn't get that. Instead, I got one of the more unbelievable characters I've read recently. She's a black woman, which is great for a main character, but other than physical description there's no indication as to her ethnicity whatsoever (except that she says "sucker" sometimes- shades of Shaft!). She can hack a computer, survive in the Colorado wilderness with nothing but the clothes on her back, predict property values, throw a knife, recite Denver history in detail, and do investigative journalism- this is by no means an exhaustive list of her accomplishments. She started out poor in Chicago, decided that she was never going to ask anyone for help, and became first a journalist, then a property developer through a means that's never explained (most journalists don't end up with enough cash on hand to buy multiple commercial properties before they're 30, in my experience). While exploring a property she wants to buy, she stumbles upon some 19th century era... computers, if you can call them that. Really cool idea, and I wanted more of this somewhat steampunky description of hand-lathed computers and old records of past secret society skullduggery.
Instead, we have our heroine survive an assassination attempt (weird overreaction to her discovery) and go on the run in a not-very-good action sequence.
Also, some of the worst dialogue I've ever read. The author ends up later with a much better grasp of psychology- these characters are tropes, not people. Bad guys who are sexual deviants, the whole over-the-top crazy bad guy stereotype in this book.
But I'm glad that editors took a chance om Michael Flynn after this book and let his writing skills develop. I might work through some more of his backlist, but I'm letting this one go.
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Michael Francis Flynn (born 1947) is an American statistician and science fiction author. Nearly all of Flynn's work falls under the category of hard science fiction, although his treatment of it can be unusual since he has applied the rigor of hard science fiction to "softer" sciences such as sociology in works such as In the Country of the Blind. Much of his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
Flynn was born in Easton, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from LaSalle University and an M.S. in topology from Marquette University. He has been employed as an industrial quality engineer and statistician.
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