The Martian Obelisk

Cover of The Martian Obelisk.

I felt like The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata only built despair to alleviate it, and that was about it. I think the reason is that I don’t buy an Earth with reduced but still significant population levels and significant infrastructure mixed with sentences like “surgery became a lost art” and the debilitating despair that seemed to stop everybody from doing anything actually useful.