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The Laertian Gamble, by Robert Sheckley

Second paragraph of third chapter:
Linc was a graduate engineering student from Bajor University of Science and Art. He wanted to be a spacegoing engineer like O'Brien, had gotten assigned to an assistantship to O'Brien, and already he had learned more than he would have done in five years of regular practice on Bajor. He idolized O'Brien, tried to copy him in every way.
A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by Sheckley, who was a pretty prominent writer at one stage, though I confess I think the only things I have read by him were his comic collaborations with Roger Zelazny and Harry Harrison. This isn't terribly special; I'm aware enough of DS9 to appreciate that Sheckley captures the established main characters and puts them in a new situation; the specifics, however, didn't quite convince me - that an interplanetary gambling dispute with Quark could put the entire station (and ultimately the universe) at risk, and the odd pacing of the crisis on DS9 and Kira and Dax's excursion to a conveniently nearby planet to try and sort it all out. First DS9 book I've read - not in a rush to read more. You can get it here.

This was my top unread book acquired in 2012. Next on that list is The Stone Book Quartet, by Alan Garner.

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wwhyte
Sep. 6th, 2018 10:48 am (UTC)
Sheckley was famous in sf circles for writing Douglas Adams-style stories before Douglas Adams came along -- how was the humour in this book?

Edited at 2018-09-06 10:50 am (UTC)
nwhyte
Sep. 6th, 2018 01:04 pm (UTC)
Slightly the wrong side of not taking itself seriously enough, I thought.
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