The Death of Sleep, Paperback
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Like every other citizen of the Federation of Sentient Planets, Lunzie Mespil know the so-called 'planet pirates' were capable of terrible things.

But - also like every other citizen of the Federation - she never in her heart of hearts believed that anything would happen to her. When pirates attack the space liner on which she is a passenger, Lunzie does not panic.

Keeping her head, she makes it to a lifeboat and decides not to worry.

She will spend a month or two in cryogenic statis awaiting inevitable resuce, and then proceed with her life.

Only it might not be a month or two...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781857230055



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Book two of the Planet Pirates is marred by the clumsy treatment of a science-fictional racism-analogue: the relationship between heavyworlders and lightweights. The former are genetically-modified humans adapted to live on high-gravity worlds and the latter are normal humans. The fear and hatred expressed by the main character Lunzie towards the heavyworlders is presumably intended to show that she is human and perhaps more prone to faults than the peerless Sassinak of the previous volume; the way that it is expressed by the authors seems to show their own prejudices a bit too clearly. The heavyworlders here actually are almost all violent, wrong-headed, paranoid, and ludicrous in the way that in the first book they're not. Sassinak treats them as people and we see them as people in their variety; Lunzie does not, but she seems to be justified by the narrative in doing so.<br/><br/>A very borderline book to like, where you keep on questioning why you're reading it in the first place. I think this is not one to keep.

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