by William C. Dietz
Review by Paul Haggerty
Ace Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0441014283
Date: 03 October, 2006 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Or that's what we're supposed to believe. Jak Rebo is a Runner, man hired to take things from point A to point B. Lonni Norr is a sensitive who can talk to the shades of dead people. And Bo Hoggles is a heavy worlder, along for the ride with a strong arm and sharp axe to lend weight to any argument. Of course you'd think that with the galaxy in the shape it is, people would be bending over backwards to help the band fulfill their quest. And, of course, you'd be wrong. Most people really don't care. This is the world, and they just can't imagine any other. Some are violently anti-technology and believe that high-tech (down to and including reading glasses) is an abomination and the reason God has seen fit to punish all of mankind. These people can, will, and do kill at the drop of a hat if they catch wind of anything techy.
Then there are the pro-technology forces. While they approve of the plan, they'd like to see just one minor alteration. They want to be the ones to deliver Logos, and therefore be the ones to take control over the galaxy. And then there's Logos itself. Despite its pleasant user interface, it's still non-human, and any similarity is just a matter of programming. It has its own agenda, and the humans around it are just there to move it along.
The world of Logos Run is a mixture of high and low tech. Some of the gates still function, although they're almost all under the control of the Techno Society. And for planets without gates, or ones where dealing with the Society is just too much trouble, there are still the starships. Of course they've been around since before the gates were formed, so they're getting a bit old and worn out. Not that you have much choice if you need to get on- or off-world without access to a gate.
So, against this backdrop, we have our stalwart heroes, dastardly (or just plain insane) enemies, ghosts that don't want to stay dead, and a galaxy that just doesn't seem to care enough to get out of the rain. It's going to be a long Run, and nobody knows what really lies at the end, or if the end will be for the best, or a total galactic disaster.