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Linda Nagata

Linda Nagata
Linda Nagata grew up on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. She earned a degree in zoology from the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu. Moving on to Maui, she married Ron Nagata where they still live with their two children.

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SF Site Review: Vast
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Linda Nagata Interview Excerpt
Excerpt: Vast

Past Feature Reviews
A review by Peter D. Tillman

Global Shear (Asia) has won a ten-year contract to govern a poor district in south India, replacing the failed bureaucracy. Their charge: to lift 16 million people out of poverty. Their incentive: a percentage of the new wealth they'll help to create. Michael Fielding, the new project manager, finds a battered street waif on his doorstep and takes her in, which lands him in hot water with his boss, his housekeeper and the local fundies.

Cody Graham is a founder of Green Stomp, a bioremediation firm with a new microbe that eats perchloroethylene ("perc") dry-cleaning fluid, a common pollutant. Cody's a scholarship kid, up from an industrial slum in California. She's smart, successful -- and lonely.

This is a profoundly hopeful near-future story -- that technology can improve poor peoples' lives, and enrich the rich helpers' lives in the process. Nagata writes with assurance and grace, touching on wealth & poverty, women & men, love, charity, religion and how we'll live a few years from now -- all without being preachy or dull. One of the year's best (and the price is right). Not to be missed.

For some reason, splits their stories into many files -- 10 of them for "Goddesses" -- which makes downloading their stories a bit of a pain. But worth it in this case.

Copyright © 2001 Peter D. Tillman

Pete Tillman has been reading SF for better than 40 years now. He reviews SF -- and other books -- for Usenet, "Under the Covers", Infinity-Plus, Dark Planet, and SF Site. He's a mineral exploration geologist based in Arizona. More of his reviews are posted at .

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