this is the 144th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
The Ganymede Club by Charles Sheffield Tor 1996 mass market paperback, science fiction
“After fourteen months in space and ten weeks of irritation, the culprit had at last been discovered.”
This looks at first glance like a sequel to the author’s Cold As Ice but it is in fact a prequel. Though the two books can be read in any order, and they are both enjoyable, were I approaching them both unread I would begin with this one simply because of the chronology.
This book takes place immediately after the the solar system-wide Great War of 2067 as backdrop for a science-fiction mystery. During a war records are lost and people move about and assume new identities. Lola Belman, a sort of psychometric psychologist, encounters a patient with a past that gradually crumbles under treatment, but the patient doesn’t seem to know who he really is or why he is having terrible nightmares and flash-backs to places that were destroyed in the war. Neither of them understands who is trying to kill them both, or why.
This book introduces a character, a boy, who will appear as an adult in Cold As Ice. It also introduces the interplanetary Puzzle Network, an internet logic gaming group, members of which play a role in both books. The two teenaged characters gave it some flavor of a juvenile, but the plot and motives focus on adults and some of the events recall wartime lab experiments and aren’t childlike (nor are they grotesque).
I’ve read this book twice now, in fact I’ve read the pair of them twice, and enjoyed them both times. This isn’t too surprising, as Sheffield is one of my favorite SF authors and has been for a long time. I enjoyed reading this and recommend it.
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