I am still digesting this book. It was huge, and of course only the first volume of a larger saga. But it is perfect: I can't think of how to improve it. It is a compelling and exhaustive thesis on power and change while being a meticulous and fascinating portrait not just of a person but of the solar systems around that person. I can't think of a better piece



It was rich only because it was virgin. And it could be virgin only once.

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