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Human Resource Inconstant Moon Mass Market Paperback – Jan 25 2005

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (MM) (Jan. 17 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441010792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441010790
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #888,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would like to begin by confessing that I did not purchase this book on Amazon but at a local bookstore because it was in the Bargain Bin for $5. However, after reading the selected title for the 3rd time, I feel that I am qualified to write a review.

Truth be told, when I finished reading Human Resource I didn't know what to think. It was good but not great. The plot made sense but it wasn't as intense as I was hoping. It left me disappointed. While reading, I tried to imagine how the story would be presented in film and the movie Blade Runner came to mind. I could see the story being presented in that kind of sci-fi style. But what is the story?

Well, for starters, the setting is the moon in the distant future, where the main colony is called Villanueva Base. It is jointly operated by 5 corporations that make up the Allied Lunar Combine: Zonix Infotainment (entertainment & leisure), EnTek (AI & data processing systems); Biome (products), Applied Systems Dynamics (fusion power & heavy machinery), and Duckworth Foundries (construction & heavy metal production). Villanueva is mostly a tourist attraction for earthlings but for the people who live there, its home and a place to work.

Enter the main protagonist, Erik Morrison, a man who doesn't want to be on the moon but was sent there anyway by his EnTek superiors to be the new EnTek Site Coordinator. His previous assignment in Alaska ended in disaster so this posting is pretty much a form of exile. His trusted & attractive secretary Juanita Garcia helps him adapt to life on the moon by showing him how to get from point A to point B, where the best places are to eat & shop, and most importantly, how to walk in the light gravitational environment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Memorium - Pierce Askegren Jan. 2 2007
By J. A. Pompa - Published on
Sadly, my good friend Pierce Askegren passed away in November 2006. The breadth of his knowledge was truly encyclopedic. No matter what the topic, he seemed to be able to contribute intelligently and knowledgably to the discussion. After reading "Human Resource", I marveled at the level of research that must have gone into his understanding of what it must be like to live on the moon. Pierce was a true original. He'll definitely be missed.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sf novel Dec 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on
The moon has been colonized with most of the residents working for Allied Lunas Combined (ALC), a conglomerate of corporations that spy on one another to steal the latest research and development designs. Erik Morrison is the new site coordinator for EnTek, a position he does not want and hopes is temporary.

Morrison's predecessor Roger Caspian works for a rival firm, a taboo under the unwritten rules the corporations have established on the moon. Wendy Sheer of the Halo Base is involved in SETI (sentient extraterrestrial intelligence), who will use any means or method to find an ET out there. She has psionic power that makes people want to please her and uses her skill for intelligence gathering. She, Erik and others seeks Keith Ramirez, who possesses something that everyone covets.

Book one of the Inconstant Moon trilogy explores living on the moon in e minute detail from traveling in domed "atmospheric" cars on the surface to residing underground and critically adjusting to much lower gravity than earth. Though a few readers will feel that this much insight overwhelms the action, most of the audience will be in awe of Pierce Askegren, who obviously has first hand knowledge of lunar residency. Morrison and Wendy are intriguing enigmatic characters who not quite antagonists, but come close at times. Readers who appreciate the depth of life on the moon will anxiously await the next tale from what looks like a terrific miniseries.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Sci-Fi Jan. 19 2005
By Godzilla - Published on
Great Novel. Askegren managed a remarkable feat creating a future world that doesn't beat you over the head with the standard "it's better in the future" sci-fi cliches. The moon base the author has created is very much one I could envision in the not too distant future. The characters are interesting and the plot is intriguing even if a tad plodding at times. Especially enjoyable is the character of Erik Morrison. Morrison is the central figure in Human Resource, and again, the author manages to avoid some of the standard cliches. Erik Morrison is a heroic figure without some of the over the top nonsense found in similar novels. I felt as if I knew Erik and found myself rooting for him. Were he a real person and not some fictional character, I'm sure he would prove a remarkable friend or even a world leader. I look forward to seeing what Askegren has in store for this fascinating man in the next installments. Hopefully something good! Recommended.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Long, poorly written and flat. Jan. 3 2006
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Usually I am known for writing long reviews. Not here. The book wasn't worth the effort. Its sickly cyberpunk. The character is uninteresting, the plot simple, and the stoyline runs too long. Sorry, it's just too dull to even waste time slamming.

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