The Shadow Of Heaven
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I most recently read this on the 30th July 2002.
Giant climate-controlled farms float high in the sky, producing the food
required for our massive population.
Our protagonist is Vic Stirling, a journalist. He's searching for his half-brother
Johnny. Smuggling himself onto one of these giant platforms, he finds a band of
misfits secretly living on the platform. He also finds Johnny leading the band
and promising them the moon, more or less literally.
Now Vic finds himself caught between the immediate danger of these rebels and
the initially remote danger of the forces of Food Technology Authority.
I read many of Bob Shaw's books back in the '70s and '80s. He
was a good but variable writer.
This is a thriller of fraternal conflict with an SF backdrop. However, even with some
quite dramatic scenes, it doesn't quite make it, and ends up as an uninspiring,
run-of-the-mill British SF novel.
So this was not Bob Shaw at his best. To get a better idea of his works,
read "Light of Other Days", "The Palace of Eternity" or one of the
Loaded on the 1st July 2002.