That mores is strictly a matter of local custom cannot be denied. But that ethics is pure opinion also...? Maybe there are times for murder, and theft and slavery...Harry Harrison's immortal science fiction tale, the Ethical Engineer!
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About the Author
Harry Max Harrison (1925 - 2012) was an American science fiction author, known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and for his novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966). The latter was the rough basis for the motion picture Soylent Green (1973). Harrison was (with Brian Aldiss) the co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group.
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Ethical Engineer based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I was expecting the sequel to Deathworld to be at least slightly like the first. I expected it to be set on Pyrrus, concentrating on the people there fighting for survival and/or carrying out Jason's plans mentioned at the end of Deathworld. However, I was greatly disappionted. It is set on a desert planet with nomadic slave owners. Most of the first half is Jason searching for roots with the other slaves or arguing with Mikah, a sort of bounty hunter who captured him and took him off Pyrrus. I found this book to be extremely boring, but kept reading in the hope that it would get better. It didn't. Jason and Mikah have many ethically concerned aguments, all of which are boring and hard to follow. Mikah (who seems to be coming from a conservative, possibly Christian point of view), is continually made to be an ignorant, whining fool. (Don't worry, the "Christian" aspect of the book is quite hard to spot.) Although he won most of the arguments, Jason was a total jerk about it. (Come to think of it, nearly everyone was a total jerk.) Before the second chapter was halfway over, I wanted to wring both Jason and Mikah's necks. They spent time arguing that they should have used to escape! They acted like spoiled children. This story has a few redeeming aspects, I suppose, but there aren't many.
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Imaginative, well-written tale of ethics and science.