MacLeod avoids heady political theorizing by always personifying his ideas in believable, often articulately passionate characters. (Or as one character puts it, "In my experience politics is guys with guns ripping me off at roadblocks.") Star Fraction's putative protagonists--a Trotskyite mercenary, a fugitive university researcher, and a fundamentalist-turned-atheist programmer--are on the run after a chance combination of marijuana, experimental memory drugs, and a self-aware firearm threatens to awaken a powerful AI on the nets, much to the dismay of the Men In Black and the orbital-laser-wielding U.S./UN. (As with all MacLeod plots, don't bother asking--it's a long story.)
With its ultrabalkanized UK and convoluted cast of neo-Stalinists, AI-Abolitionists, Christianarchists, femininists, et al., Star Fraction is MacLeod at his best--even at his first. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Fast-paced and a fun read. All of the usual cyberpunk elements are there, with the addition of some complicated socialist politics. Long on action, short on characterization. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002 by Brian Slesinsky
Scottish writer Ken MacLeod has emerged as a key voice in the modern libertarian socialist movement. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2001 by Peter Sykes
In the near future, the U.S./U.N. sits in space, ready to rain down destruction on anyone who they see as a threat while Europe has balkanized to the point where England has become... Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001 by booksforabuck
The Star Fraction is Ken MacLeod's first novel, only now being published in the States. It is set in the same "future history" (or "future histories") as The... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2001 by Richard R. Horton