Monday, 16 February 2015

Review: Ralph 124C 41+

Ralph 124C 41+
Ralph 124C 41+ by Hugo Gernsback

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I remember reading about this book in histories of SF. No doubt groundbreaking for its time, it's heavy on the infodumps, and the plot is minimal and predictable. The sole female character (as far as I got - I was too bored to continue past 69%) is there to be an object of male fantasy, a McGuffin, and someone to infodump to, rather than a person in her own right.

It is, in other words, a story of its time. On this foundation, much better books have been raised.

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