When anyone mentions ďunreadableĒ science fiction I think of one author before any other. Elizabeth Moon.
Now I know she has been fairly recently nominated for some award. I donít care, for me she is a persona non grata.
She is responsible for The Serrano Legacy and for that I will never forgive her, or read any of her books again. The SL is a series of 6 books, and I read 3 before coming to conclusion that it wasnít going to get any better(it certainly couldnít get any worse).
Let me say once and for all, I like horses, I like them a lot. Some of my best friends are horses (ok I lied about that bit), Theoretically it would be possible to incorporate something about horses into a science fiction story, colonising a new planet with humans and animals from Earth. etc. What I donít want is a science fiction story crammed full of handy little hints like how to choose a good hunting horse (donít forget to look at itís teeth and hocks- itís important!) After choosing your horse, you must go for a jolly good gallop.
I donít want to give the impression itís all about horses, no indeed. Itís also full of Aunts. Now aunts are clever and wise so they generally run things, planets, navies big businesses. Uncles however are pretty stupid, although they can be amiable at times. They might be ostensibly the head of business, governments and navies, but they are guided by those clever aunts.
Well thereís lots more about this series that I didnít like but Iím starting to get all depressed, so Iíll stop here.
I just wish I could forget this whole series, but it seems I canít. Basically Iím embarrassed that I read 3 books instead of chucking all the books into the skip after reading 50 pages.
I think Iíll go down the pub for a pint, thatíll cheer me up.