Thumbs up for The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker. Science fiction.
Volume #5 and I still love this series, perhaps because each book is quite different from the others. This one largely takes place in the mid-2300’s. The portrait Baker paints of the, shall we say, post-literate, ultra-paternalistic society of the future is simultaneously hilarious and creepily believable (in a way in which Brave New World tried so hard to be, but wasn’t). My favorite so far. Good thing the library has volume #6.
Need I mention that Rutherford wasn’t really an Englishman? He had, in fact, been born on Luna, to parents of American extraction. As a child, though, he’d fallen in love with the idea of England. He wore out three copies of The Wind in the Willows with continuous viewing, listened to nothing but Beatles and PunxReich, never missed an episode of Doctor Who (and could name all three hundred and fifteen Doctors). He even owned a couple of heavily censored Shakespeare plays. Being a fat asthmatic little boy, he’d taken refuge in the green country behind his eyes, so often and so completely that he’d been diagnosed as an eccentric by the authorities.
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