Book Review: The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod Essays

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The first part of this review does not contain spoilers.

Ken MacLeod's The Star Fraction is a fantasic science fiction novel about love, loss, socialism, anarcho-capitalism, "American-style ‘black helicopter’ libertarianism", and the looming threat of a fascistic world order. The Star Fraction's setting is post World War III UK, where the republican government has been overthrown by the monarchy, and a new kingdom has been established. After many failed violent revolutions to over throw the monarch, the USA has taken over the UN to form a new world order, all in the name of peace, referred to as the US/UN. In "The Peace Process", the US/UN created mini states throughout Europe to allow political dissidents to have their own private communities. A way of containing everyone who would threaten the stability of the region into harmless sub-regions.

The book's setting becomes much more interesting when the later American edition's introduction is added. MacLeod describes that he is a socialist, and believes that any science fiction novel's story must be derived from author's beliefs on the nature of history and the future. MacLeod's socialistic background gives him the Materialistic view of history. The Materialistic view believes that constant upheavals of the rulers and of laws occur as technology changes faster than the former can adapt. Technology is seen as the main cause of societal change and order, not the ruling class, and when technology allows the people to…

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