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March Books 5) Take Back Plenty

5) Take Back Plenty, by Colin Greenland

I realised to my embarrassment last week that I was moderating not one but two P-Con panels with Colin Greenland as a participant, and I had read perhaps one short story of his from the Moonshots anthology. Well, I had the opportunity to get the three "Plenty" novels during the con and he was kind enough to sign them.

This first book is pretty good (as you would hope for a book that won both the Arthur C Clarke and BSFA awards). Well above-average space opera, feisty female protagonist, solar system where humanity is vying for space and influence with various alien species (like Stephen Baxter's Xeelee sequence but less depressing). Mild rewriting of history to allow us Mars as desert planet with breathable atmosphere and Venus as tropical hell. Generally good fun. Will probably read the other two.


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Mar. 14th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
a book that won both the Arthur C Clarke and BSFA awards

It actually won all three British SF awards for that year; the Eastercon, the British SF Association, and the Arthur C. Clarke, and remains the only novel to have ever done so.

Or so it says here...
Mar. 15th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it, but not enough to understand why it swept the board at the awards...
Mar. 14th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Take back plenty
Hi Nicholas,
I bought "Take Back Plenty" after attending a talk Colin gave in the Writers' Centre some ten years ago. On Friday I collected Colin and Susanna from the airport and they were kind enough to sign books for me. Susanna signed a well worn "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell", while Colin signed the ten year old copy of "Take Back Plenty". My little embaressment was that "Take Back Plenty" was in pristine condition, i.e. unread after all this time. It is now number one on my read next pile.

From Peter McClean (pgmcclean@gmail.com)
Mar. 15th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed Take Back Plenty, it was proper modern space opera - nothing desperately new (definite echoes of Schismatrix for me), but told in style and done with a lightness of touch that made it read very smoothly; I just couldn't get on with Seasons though - some of the vim and vigour had gone out of it and it was uphill work -- I didn't buy the last in the trilogy.
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