A Closed and Common Orbit: Jane

There’s so much to discuss in this book that I’ve split my comments over three blog entries. Here I’ll discuss Jane. Next week I’ll cover my favorite Chambers character thus far, Sidra, the android who identifies as an interstellar spacecraft. Finally I’ll close with the radical ideas that arise from an analysis of the Aandrisk and Aeluon approaches to childrearing.

Dune is the Thinking Person’s Star Wars

Let me tell you about a planet far, far away in a time so far in the future that Earth is a distant memory. It’s a desert planet where mighty spacefaring wizards ride fantastic beasts through the sand. Where despite high technology, battles are still fought with blades and shields. The feudal system has somehow stood the test of time, and a band of scrappy rebels must resist an all-powerful totalitarian emperor.