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Book Four of the Velvet Comet - the enormous, exclusive, elaborate, and infamous orbiting brothel

Screenwriter and novelist Nate Page arrives aboard the empty Velvet Comet 23 years after it is decommissioned by the Vainmill Syndicate. The light-topic musical holographic production that Nate is writing is based on the Velvet Comet in its prime, and requires research available only through Cupid, the ship's still-functioning and nearly-self-aware onboard computer.

As the cynical screenwriter and the unemotionally truthful computer struggle to create a work of fiction true to the reality of life aboard the Comet, Nate's agent makes it clear that prostituting your art is not any different from prostituting your body.

©1986 Mike Resnick (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • 08-06-18

Adequate Resnick Fare

This audiobook was another disappointment for me after the quality of the first two instalments in this series. The problem with 'Eros at Nadir' is that while this time there is a protagonist (unlike the previous book); there isn't really a story here. It's simply a recap of what came before from the perspective of a Writer attempting to use events from the Comet's history as potential story ideas.

It is however possibly a very slight improvement over the previous story, as you care more what happens to the character. Again, Resnick's writing is as good as ever and the story is well-constructed and appropriate for the theme, I just didn't feel this was a story that needed telling- that the brothel theme had been squeezed dry by Resnick in the first two stories.

However, the great news is that this story, as with the previous three, is read by Nancy Linari and not the specified reader above (either that or the two sound identical!).