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Smallworld Summary ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Û A strangely captivating novel from Hugo nominated author Dominic Green Mount Ararat a world the size of an asteroid yet having Earth standard gravity plays host to an eccentric farming community protected by the Devil a mechanical killing machine from such passers by as Mr von Trapp aLony the Made manufactured humans being hunted by the State and the super rich clients of a gravitational health spa established at Mount Ararat's South Po. This space opera was really far out there The family of settlers on the little rock have the weirdest upside down Christian faith ever especially their names The kids are wacko seemingly invincible because they are protected by the Devil Or are they The whole story was a wild ride and I often had a hard time keeping up

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A strangely captivating novel from Hugo nominated author Dominic Green Mount Ararat a world the size of an asteroid yet having Earth standard gravity plays. Okay I have tried but just can't get past all the over done names etc Maybe I'll try again at a later date

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SmallworldHost to an eccentric farming community protected by the Devil a mechanical killing machine from such passers by as Mr von Trapp an escapee from a penal co. The Smallworld of the title known as Mount Ararat has come about as the result of the merging of two separate planetoids under the influence of an extremely dense neutronium sphere now at its heart It orbits within the rings of Naphil a Jovian world in the solar system of a red giant star 23 Kranii Mount Ararat has at most a few hundred inhabitants but the book concentrates on the Reborn in Jesus family yes really and their protector an armed robot they know as the Devil In accord with all these biblical resonances the extended family’s children have names such as Testament Measure Apostle God’s Wound Beguiled Of The Serpent Only God Is Perfect and Be Not Near Unto Man In Thy Time Of Uncleanness Yes ReallyDescribed on the credits page as a novel Smallworld is in fact a series of shorter pieces related only in the sense that they all feature members of the Reborn in Jesus family and take place in the same setting The resultant lack of narrative flow of an overall arc its stop start nature compromises the book as a coherent whole The five or seven stories the last has three sub sections relate the family’s encounters with various incomers whose appearances can be unexplained The tone is kept deliberately light throughout and thus runs into a further problem With very few exceptions Science Fiction and comedy do not make comfortable bedfellows Too often the comedy unbalances the SF or else is not comic enough The most successful mix the two seamlessly embed them in each other as in Eric Frank Russell’s Next of Kin and the result can still be a cogent comment on human or alien affairs The SF must also stand on its own merits and not be entirely derivative Unfortunately in Smallworld Green does not always successfully manage to avoid the pitfalls inherent in the formThe book’s fundamental lack of seriousness is deleterious Its targets for satire are either too easy or too pat jailbirds space pirates tax collectors – and its references scattershot Santa ClausFather Christmas and the first three of the Twelve Days of Christmas in the titles of the last story Helen of Troy a plethora of biblical allusions over and above the manifold Reborn In Jesuses as well as casual allusions to 21st century ephemera of which the inhabitants of Mount Ararat would most likely be totally ignorant though we of course are not The ramifications for daily life of the structure of a small world as described here are for the most part unexploredIn addition the cosmology of the book is unconvincing the Physics and Chemistry of dubious lineage and accuracy An example Sulphur dioxide while noxious does not smell of rotten eggs that is hydrogen sulphide Small errors such as this can fatally undermine confidence in the author and in the tales he or she is trying to tellAt the level of the fiction rather than experiencing background as the stories unfold we find prodigious information dumping and paragraphs of expository dialogue With sufficient guile this can be a strength and elsewhere has been made into a feature of the comedy galactic encyclopaedia anyone but no such approach is adopted hereThere is too the lurking sense that Green has not lavished care on his characters who are unconvincing barely than ciphers present only to progress the plots and voice the jokes hence failing to engage empathy uite apart from the family other names can be over elaborate some characters being known mainly by their job descriptions – Optometrist Wong Social Correctness Officer Asahara Others for no obvious reason “speak” in CAPITALS This hostage to fortune invites invidious comparisons with a previous purveyor of comedic SFfantasyIf your tastes lean towards comedy with not too much rigour this may be for you If your preference is for strongly drawn nuanced characters reacting to and combatting life’s vicissitudes then maybe not