Wednesday, February 22, 2012
O One, by Chris Roberson
O One puts me very much in mind of the much more complete treatment of this theme in Sean McMullen's Greatwinter triolgy, which precedes it. O One got a World Fantasy Award nomination for 2004, while Greatwinter was begun in 1999. In O One we see the failure of Babbage's Analytical Engine once again, this time due to conspiracy by the Head Calculator. It's a nice story, somewhat predictable, but interesting to recognize the theme. If you think you would like a story about humans harnessed to calculation, I can recommend the Greatwinter trilogy highly. I bought it on somewhat of a whim, it being on display for at least two years in a Barnes & Noble I frequented. It turned out to be highly entertaining. 3 stars for O One.