I read this book at the recommendation of my father. Its an interesting concept — artificially produced humans have been created to fill gaps in a society far out on the edges of occupied space. However, how are these artificial humans different from “real” humans? How are they different from slaves given they are programmed to perform certain duties with joy and without question?
However, despite the interesting concept, the first two thirds of the book are very slow, and took me ages to read. The last third was much better and I think I’ll read the sequels because of that. If the book had stopped after the boring bit, there would be no way I’d read the next book. I think part of the problem is that this book was originally in one volume, instead of the three volume set I own.
[award: winner hugo 1989]