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Character driven science fiction

Much more accessible than his most famous work, Dune, The Santaroga Barrier is still excellent science fiction.

TSB is the story of a small farming town whose residents refuse to purchase anything, except perhaps cars, from "the outside". After the death of two investigators sent to explore this barrier, Dr. Gilbert Dasein, a psychologist, is chosen by a retail conglomerate to complete a market study of the area.

Weary of the apparent danger to outsiders, Dasein agrees to go, partly motivated by the fact that his old college girlfriend is a resident of Santaroga. After narrowly escaping an alarming number of seemingly-plausible accidents and noticing the pattern of the omnipresent "Jaspers" additive in the local food, our good doctor begins to suspect there is more to the Santaroga Barrier than a mild cultural difference.

The (relivately) familiar setting of this book makes it much more attractive to those not familiar with the genre. Highly recommended.

Added by jclements
14 years ago on 8 December 2006 15:24