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Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction
This is another politically earnest but dull novel by Robinson. Although he does not sugarcoat Galileo's less pleasant attributes, he does undermine Galileo's genuine genius by making the Italian a pawn of better-informed individuals from the future.
Noted Renaissance iconoclast and science scholar Galileo is guided toward the possibilities of the recently invented telescopes by a mysterious stranger. His astronomical discoveries come at an awkward time for the Church, beset by the spread of Protestantism.
The irritable and undiplomatic Galileo is soon persecuted by the
Reviewed By: James Davis Nicoll
Publisher: BANTAM SPECTRA
Published: January 2010