Monday, October 24, 2016
Orbital Decay (Near Space, #1)
author: Allen Steele
average rating: 3.71
book published: 1989
read at: 2016/10/24
date added: 2016/10/24
'Orbital Decay' by Allen Steele is a SF romp on a space station. It was written in the late 1980s and can feel a bit dated.
Beanjacks are the nickname given to the team of people working in space building satellites. Most of them have a pretty blue collar feel to how they interact. One of the main characters is a botanist brought on board. He meets the rest of the crew. People with nicknames like Popeye and Virgin Bruce. They seem to work hard, but tend to party even harder with illegal contraband brought up from Earth. When they discover a government intelligence program that would invade privacy, they have to decide to let it go or rise up and stop it.
It felt long by the time I finished it. I liked some of the characters, and didn't care for others. Some characters have a bigger than life personalities and some feel like bit players, but I guess this is a lot like real life. Life on board the station felt like it might really. This is no Star Trek future where everyone is happy to work and have everyone's best interest at heart. These are like real people you'd run into at work. For that the author gets my kudos. I'd like to read more by this author.
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