This book has been around for over twenty years. Read today, though, it remains to me what it was then, one of the half dozen greatest science fiction novels.
Williams, almost alone among those who have spent their careers as science fiction authors, is able to gift his characters with familiar adult feelings, responses which have the feel of maturity, not adolescence, which is much more prevalent. His characterizations, though perhaps unique for their skill in the genre, are only half the picture though, his stories can be, as they are here, absolutely delightful, entertaining, witty without pretense or arrogance. He manages, with all this, to give a little history lesson which you must find for yourself, and challenges the reader to consider the world we have, and why it is what it is.
This is this author's best work, and considering the fellow wrote Hardwired, that is the highest praise.