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[ Books ] Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
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[ Books ] Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett
I had seen this mentioned on Twitter and it sounded interesting so went and bought the ebook, which I just finished reading.

This felt at first more like fantasy than science-fiction. The characters are living in a planet without a sun, made inhabitable by geothermal activity and life, a lot of which generates the only light available to this people, the incestuous descendants of a couple from Earth marooned in this strange world five generations ago and quickly devolved to a stone-age state and a culture that shackles them with a sort of cargo-cult ritual and passivity and may condemn them to starvation. The shadow of their astronaut ancestors and their 'three companions' looms large, as is the hope of rescue by Earth. I found the story gripping, the characters very believable if not always easy to like and was sorry to reach the last page. I liked it enough that I hope there'll be a follow up (which I suspect there'll be, as there are loose ends in the story that would need tying up).

Link to the book on Amazon here.

The author's web site: http://www.chris-beckett.com

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sallypointzero From: sallypointzero Date: May 6th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! - I'm going to read that :-)
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: May 10th, 2013 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a very good story. Bit dark (pun not entirely intended) at times. Just finished a collection of short stories by the same author, one of which there is the sort of back-story to this novel. This is called 'The Turing Test'.
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