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by Kim Stanley Robinson

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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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
legal authorities. His situation is
complicated by the fact that he's
being manipulated by time travelers --
time travelers whose conflicting agendas may be best served by Galileo's painful death. (BANTAM Spectra, Jan.,
544 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed By: James Davis Nicoll


Published: January 2010

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