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A science fiction epic from "the best writer in America" (Tom Clancy) - Hugo and Nebula award-winning author John Varley.

Fleeing Earth after an alien invasion, the human race stands on the threshold of evolution. Their new home is Luna, a moon colony blessed with creature comforts, prolonged lifespans, digital memories, and instant sex changes.

But the people of Luna are bored, restless, suicidal - and so is the computer that monitors their existence....

©1992 John Varley (P)2019 Tantor

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an old favorite

It has been many years since I read it for the first time. I mostly had only remembered that I liked it a lot. But now, having reread it, it is really exceptional, especially for us die-hard Heinlein fans. I would particularly recommend that people should re-read Moon is a Harsh Mistress right before this. And maybe also The Rolling Stones. Varley makes a lot of references to Heinlein, especially those two. ;-)

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Excellent Story!

I could find no faults in either the writing or the narration in this fantastic sci-fi tale.

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definitely worth it

it seems to meander from time to time, but always picks up the very interesting central plot before boring me

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Philosophical science fiction at its best

An engaging story, even if I didn't know where it was going for a while. Excellent ideas and an exploration of AI and its consequences. Nice nods to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and other classics. Recommended.

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Steel Beach

I did pretty good at the beginning but I was totally lost by the end.This saga is set on Luna where you can change out your body parst like you do car parts.You can change sex also.You live 100 or more years even if you don't want to. Earth was destroyed long ago but the devastation is still felt. Everyone is bored.David Stifel was a very good narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.