I really enjoyed Old Man's War. I liked Ghost Brigades, and The Last Colony too, but not as much. It seems like with each successive book Scalzi loses more and more steam. I still haven't read Zoe's Tale yet.
Am I right then that your criticism is that it’s just a fairly standard SF adventure story with a gimmick?
I suppose that, while I think Heinlein's ideas are both bad and badly argued, it has to be said that he was certainly trying to make some points.
But I wonder if this brings into effect a wider argument about what sort of book a writer should be writing. If we don’t criticise Dickens’ contemporary writers for lacking his social reforming aspect, should we do the same thing for Scalzi? And is a writer who deals with social issues in real life expected to do so in his writing? I'm not sure.
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