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Gateway by Frederik Pohl


Hits hard, leaves marks. The same ignoble, epistemically pinched, economically realist sci-fi written by the Strugatskys or Stross. I love it so much that even the Rogerian psychotherapy at its core doesn't annoy me; that even its 90% focus on one spoiled and abusive bastard is a merit of it. Spoilers everywhere. Physics and sin. No shortage of things left to do.

  • In one sentence: Dreadful human being reflects on his dreadful actions while dead aliens look on.
  • Number of reads: 3 since 2002.
  • Galef type: Values 2 - thought experiments for you to reflect on how you feel about something .
  • To be read when: overconfident.


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