This is essentially a sequel to, or the unwritten extended ending to, Resnick's earlier defining work Birthright: The Book of Man. If you enjoyed that, this is a must read. If you've not yet had the pleasure, pick that up first.
I started listening to this not realizing this. I was still captivated and enthralled. I love this piece. When I realized the connection it got even better.
While it certainly stands tall on its own, I believe it's best understood with the full background laid out in Birthright. If you read in it only a depressing epilogue consider first the glory, determination, and hubris that preceded it.
If you still don't buy my review next to the negatives, don't miss the notes of it's winning both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
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