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Ms. Bujold's novel won the 1988 Nebula Award for best science fiction novel of the year. It is centered in an orbiting workstation of a megacorporation. The corporation has genetically engineered humans (most of whom are teenagers or younger) having no legs and four arms, called quaddies, so that they are more effective and efficient in a zero gravity environment. The corporation considers them property rather than workers since it was the corporation that actually made them. A visiting welding instructor and engineer named Leo Graf sets out to free them. Actually, this novel is a part of Bujold's science fiction series, most of which are centered around members of the Vorkosigan family. The action in "Falling Free" occurs about 200 years before the action in Bujold's first novel, "Shards of Honor" (1986). The question of who is the real owner of genetically engineered products is a hot topic in biochemistry and molecular biology circles today and, believe it or not, Ms. Bujold's novel has been discussed.
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on May 17, 1997
It took a little while to really get into, but this book is a good read. It is not, however, as good as much of Bujold's other work, most of which, for some reason, Amazon does not seem to carry. She has a series of books featuring the very engaging character Miles Vorkosigan (and before that, his parents) that are truly outstanding. 9s and 10s all the way. Some of these have been collected two or three at a time into large-format paperbacks. For the sake of the unitiated (and Amazon stock-holders), I hope Amazon adds all of Bujold's titles to their listings soon
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on May 14, 2001
This fascinating story starts out as a moody, introspective, disturbing glance into the deep, dark, truthful mirror of corporate ethics (or the lack thereof). Suddenly, the next thing you know, the story turns into a rollicking good adventure yarn and an entertaining satire of bureaucracy that will have you laughing and cheering at the end. Not the greatest story in the world, but definitely worth reading.
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on June 8, 1999
I read this book when it first came out years ago, and I really enjoyed it. Bujold's writing got better after this novel, but don't let that stop you from reading this non-Miles adventure.
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on January 10, 2003
I admit to enjoying this book, once the things started happening, anyway, but I could not quite bring myself to see the originality.
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