Reviews of Mindstar Rising (1992)
Review by severance (2006-01-16)
In the vast majority of S.F. we only see speculations on what the big cities such as New York, London or Los Angeles, will be like in the near future. In Hamilton's remarkably assured debut novel he took the unusual step of setting it in the English city of Peterborough and its surrounding area, the lead character Greg Mandel lives on Rutland Water for instance, a large man-made reservoir 20 miles to the North-West of the city. Because I live in Peterborough I picked this novel up a couple of years ago, without knowing too much about Hamilton or his subsequent works, and thoroughly enjoyed it's view of a submerged East of England that suddenly becomes the economic hub of the Country. There is a vast amount of future technology in the novel, most of it a reasonable extrapolation from today's, but Hamilton never bogs the action down or dumps the information in a way that detracts from the flow or the narrative in any way. The building where until recently I worked features prominently, and reading about it's future over the next fifty years was a bit of a mind-twister and I'm not sure I like the fact that my suburb will become a slum area!, but it's so well done that I have no hesitation in recommending this novel to any S.F. fan.