It is a continuation of the Foundation story that combines Seldon's plan of "Psychohistory" with the underlying premise of robotics. Scott Brick reads well.
The decision to go to Gaia instead of Trantor
The Search for Earth
The story line is intriguing. The practice of Medicine will change with technology, the next leap being an IDoctor. That being said, deeper development of ancillary characters was lacking, an example is the potential relationship of Dr. Wilson with the surgical intern from Stanford, especially in light of the conclusion of the book. The other issue- and that applies to some of Dr. Cook's more recent novels- is that the stories seem to be cut off prematurely. This novel was an excellent example of that, as it needed another 15-25% more of the story to come to a conclusion, whether the ending be 'happy' or not.
In other words, I was left hanging at the end of the book; Judging by the previous 'Pia' related stories, I think there may not be a sequel to this one. I am unaware of any follow up on Pia, and it barely made a brief mention in the text. Ergo, I fear that there may not be a sequel to this episode, and hope I am wrong.As far as recommending the book, the story is a good one.As far as not recommending it, the story is incomplete and one can only hope that the good Doctor has penned a sequel.
He is an excellent reader
As noted above: in a sense, frustrating.
I hope the book was not written under deadline duress from his publisher. If it was, it would explain a lot of his more recent writing.
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