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Project Maldon

Copyright 1997 by Chris Atack

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I first read this in October 1999 and most recently in June 2000

A few years from now, Canada's government is trying to hold together a society rapidly fragmenting into three opposing groups: the decreasing number of ordinary citizens; the rapidly growing right-wing religious organisation (known as "The Accord") and finally the "Listers", the hereditary unemployed on the welfare list.

Edward Wolfe is a project manager for the Skellig Michael Institute. His current project is a big one - to save Canada from its imminent economic and social, and thereby to reduce the risk of the "Die-Back" - the global collapse of civilisation. He's guided in every detail by Helen, a massively competent Artificial Intelligence.

However, The situation on the ground is deteriorating very quickly into chaos and violence. It's clear to Wolfe that it's time to think about evacuation for himself and his staff. Worst of all, Helen's begun to make some decisions which are logically and morally questionable, and if Helen has gone rogue all is lost.

I often enjoy novels set after an economic or environmental collapse. I enjoy smart AIs (probably since 2001) and their use can highlight how humans think, However, I wasn't so keen on this book the first time I read it: it didn't enthrall me, it was just a straight read-through and while it was fairly entertaining, I put never anticipated rereading it. What rather surprised me was that I enjoyed it to the same degree, in fact possibly more, the second time I read it. Yes, it's OK. Not great, but not so bad. Read it on a rainy weekend, or on a long flight.

Loaded on the 28th February 2001.
Cover of Project Maldon
Cover art by Gary Ruddell

Reviews of other works with covers by Gary Ruddell:
Proteus In The Underworld
A Season For Slaughter