Sunday, December 04, 2011

In the Mouth of the Whale 4 - Paul J. McAuley

"But the Child was beginning to learn something about diplomacy and strategy, about when it was worth arguing a point and when it was not. So this time she kept her silence, the moment passed, and Father Caetano went on to talk about the properties of the four moons – fiery Io; Europa, with its ocean locked under a thin crust of ice; Ganymede, largest of all the moons in the Solar System, with a smaller ocean beneath a thicker crust of ice and rock; deep-frozen, battered Callisto – and the people who lived on Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, and on the moons of Saturn.

They were Outers, descendants of rich and powerful families who had fled to the Moon to escape the ecological and political disaster of the Overturn. When Earth's three major power blocs had turned their attention towards the Moon, the settlers had moved on, some to Mars, the rest to the moons of Jupiter, and then Saturn. The Martians had been destroyed after they'd declared war on Earth; the Outers living on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn were more peaceable, and quarantined besides by distance. They'd been living there for more than a century. Now, according to Father Caetano, there was talk of reconciliation."

3.5 out of 5