Freehold shares a strong libertarian point of view with science fiction authors like Heinlein.
Unfortunately, the novel is nothing but a libertarian day dream without much of a plot. Essentially, in the near future Earth is under the control of the corrupt United Nations which provides unemployment benefits and other corrupting things which has made Earth become a sort of soot-stained Dickensian nightmare, albeit on the dole and lazy.
The story’s protagonist has been framed for corruption and escapes to Freehold, a libertarian colony where people are strong and carry guns and don’t pay taxes and have great sex without the government bothering them.
After a few hundred pages of that and not much else, this reviewer stopped reading.
Much great science fiction has stemmed from dreaming of different kinds of societies and how they might work, but at the same time there has to be some kind of plot to drive things forward. Unfortunately, Freehold doesn’t have one.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.