Sermon battles for space with story (and often wins) in Smith's sequel to The Probability Broach (1980), which continues the adventures of cross-time private detective Win Bear in the North American Confederacy, an alternate world that's supposed to be a libertarian, even anarchist Utopia. The serpent in this Eden is a statist plot to generate so much fear of terrorism by cross-temporal immigrants that people will demand a (gasp!) government. Of course, Win and his stout-hearted companions, Militia Captain Will Sanders and centenarian grande dame Lucy Kropotkin, do a splendid job of beating off the clutching tentacles of government. Along the way, there's much effective satire (the statist plotters include a Bennett and Buckley Williams), absorbing if not always plausible world-building and some lighthearted development of the concept of sapience among anthropoids and cetaceans. However, readers will also find the book laboring under a ponderous weight of libertarian philosophizing. Moreover, the plot opens with the evil statists committing two terrorist acts with four-figure death tolls, while throwaway lines like "An armed playground is a polite playground" may put off those who don't share Smith's views. This preachy book sends a message that rings hollow in the world post-September 11. (Feb. 6)Fiction.
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Win Bear makes his living as a detective in the North American Confederacy, an alternate America without taxes, government, or police. When a group of dissidents, the Franklinites, launches a campaign of terror to force governmental order upon the population, Bear takes matters into his own hands and declares war on his enemy. The sequel to The Probability Broach continues the adventures of a likable and resourceful hero who stumbled upon another world and chose to make his home in it. Smith's libertarian slant may limit the book's appeal, but general readers may overlook this issue thanks to the fast-paced storytelling and sharp-tongued, folksy prose. For large sf collections.
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If you are like me you find a good series but you catch a book in the middle and nothing makes sense. This is not that book. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by FrankJC3rd
The events of 9-11 hurt the sales of this book. However subsequent policy panic make this work MORE important, not less.
This is a true sequel, not a "stand alone". Read more
This cannot be considered either a science fiction story, or a sequel to the superb "Probability Broach. Read morePublished on March 31 2002 by Beeyotch
"The serpent in this Eden is a statist plot to generate so much fear of terrorism by cross-temporal immigrants that people will demand a (gasp!) government. Read morePublished on March 26 2002 by JLT
L. Neil Smith once again proves that he can entertain while illustrating society's foibles. In the best tradition of Jonathon Swift Mr. Read morePublished on March 24 2002 by Ken Warner
El Neil has been working on this book for over six years (he read a synopsis of it to a convention audience in 1995) and the time he invested has paid off. Read morePublished on March 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
Detective 'Win' Bear of _Probability Broach_ fame is back, this time tracking down terrorists who have bombed a building in Greater LaPorte, the capitol of alternate America (AKA... Read morePublished on March 22 2002 by Philofficer
Picture an alternate world where the only law is one against initiating force or ... against another. Compared to our own law-ridden world, it would be a beautiful Utopia. Read morePublished on March 3 2002 by Eric Oppen