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Melissa Scott is a favorite author of mine. Many of her books
are in the cyberpunk genre as I understand that definition. She's
very good at creating a believable background. Minor characters strike
me as having lives of their own outside the book. The way I put it
is that I believe all the characters have friends they go out to lunch
with, just as all Ursula K. Le Guin's minor characters have grandmothers
who love them. I can't say something like that about DWJ because
you don't really know who anyone is until the perspective changes towards
the end and you find out that you were wrong about everyone during the
first three quarters of the book.
<p> Actually I believe Scott and Barnett collaborated on another
book, the name of which escapes me, that was Elizabethan with magic and
with historical characters.
<p> A good start to the non fantasy Melissa Scott books would be
Night Sky Mine. It's a coming of age novel for a young girl who lives
on a space station and who's apprenticed to a collector of virtual plants
and animals. Mankind had developed a shared virtual landscape which
became dangerous when computer viruses developed into higher life forms.
The higher life forms were too valuable for the virtual world to be just
shut down but only skilled collectors go to find the virtual flora and
fauna so that they can be prepared and spliced for personal use.
Scott manages to have a high-tech world with a neo-medieval society.
<blockquote TYPE=CITE><font size=-1>Jennifer wrote</font>
<p><font color="#007F7F"><font size=-1>> I've got a book recommendation,
actually. I'm partway through a book from</font></font>
<br><font color="#007F7F"><font size=-1>> the library (adult sf/fantasy
section) called Point of Dreams by authors</font></font>
<br><font color="#007F7F"><font size=-1>> I'd never heard of before, Melissa
Scott and Lisa A. Barnett (everyone is</font></font>
<br><font color="#007F7F"><font size=-1>> now going to tell me they've
known about them for *years*, right?),</font></font>
<p><font size=-1>Um, yes, sorry. Melissa Scott at any rate. I think Lisa
Barnett is her partner/significant other/whatever and the two Point Books
are the only two they have written together. She is very readable. I've
got her first trilogy, each one called Silence and something or another.
Nice space opera, but sags a bit between the action. There are also several
SF standalones, the names escape me and I'm too lazy to go and look but
all worth a read.</font>
<p><font size=-1>Now, Jennifer, I've got Point of Hopes -- contact me offline
and i'd love to do a swap.</font>
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