In the Garden of Iden
This is the first novel in what has become one of the most popular series in contemporary Science Fiction, now back in print from Tor. In the twenty-fourth century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life (for profit of course). It recruits orphans from the past,…
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Kage Baker is an Isaac Asimov compared to Terry Pratchett’s Marx Brothers. In the Garden of Iden is more sci-fi than fantasy, including time travel, cybernetics, and nanotechnologies. And love and loss. This book is part of a series of novels that Baker crafted about time-travelling enhanced humans who carry out critical tasks throughout history.
What I loved most about this book is how very human her main characters are. Like Pratchett and Bill Shakespeare, Baker is a master at showing us human nature. Her comedy is high comedy. I laugh because I recognize myself in her characters. Baker has…
One of the most compelling parts about time-hopping science fiction is vicariously experienced through the culture clash of past and present. It’s even better if it’s happening in the head of a single character. Mendoza was rescued from the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century and thrust into the world of the Company, a civilization-spanning corporate agency operating behind the scenes of history for the profit of far-future shareholders. Time travel in this universe only goes one way, backward, and Mendoza will take the long way to the future: an engaging, sprawling, harrowing journey through centuries.
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