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*Read Book ô Operation Ares ⚤ The invasion from Mars came in the early years of the st century And all over America people were praying for it to succeed Fordecades, the United States had been slipping into a primitive past, turning its back on technology and abandoning its Martian colony Its emergency government was kept in power by repression, food was scarce, life grimd killer packs of wild animals prowled at night, making curfews a vital need Well, it s clearly one of Gene Wolfe s earliest works, I think You can see the amazing, subtle writer he s going to become, but you can also chafe against his rough edges in the telling of this story.Definitely, Operation ARES gives great indication of Wolfe s strategic brilliance, as well as his insight into human psychology This book feels like a playground for these characteristics, as the main character riddles his way through competing forces, one of whom seems bred to think a dozen mov Well, it s clearly one of Gene Wolfe s earliest works, I think You can see the amazing, subtle writer he s going to become, but you can also chafe against his rough edges in the telling of this story.Definitely, Operation ARES gives great indication of Wolfe s strategic brilliance, as well as his insight into human psychology This book feels like a playground for these characteristics, as the main character riddles his way through competing forces, one of whom seems bred to think a dozen moves ahead.At times, however, exploring this proclivity of his can result in stretches of very dry dialogue that well, I won t speak for anyone else It lost me There was one section that I fell asleep during twice I didn t care about what the characters were doing, and I could not retain the scope of what they were discussing That may be my failing as a reader surely other readerserudite than myself, orcognizant of the ebb and wane of global politics, will find these patches refreshing.It was a great book, at the end of the day I m glad I got to read it I had to order my copy from England, as it s out of print in the U.S and no library in my county had a copy and I valued the insight of the beginning steps of my favorite author Gene Wolfe fights a near constant battle in my head with Cormac McCarthy with occasional guest appearances by Phillip K Dick and Nabokov for title of favoritest author ever, so I was very interested in finding a copy of Operation Ares, a novel reportedly so bad Wolfe s publishers don t mention it in his list of works and keep from being reprinted And while OA isn t actually the worst thing Wolfe has ever written Castleview, allllways Castleview , I can see why they don t.The plot is fairly Gene Wolfe fights a near constant battle in my head with Cormac McCarthy with occasional guest appearances by Phillip K Dick and Nabokov for title of favoritest author ever, so I was very interested in finding a copy of Operation Ares, a novel reportedly so bad Wolfe s publishers don t mention it in his list of works and keep from being reprinted And while OA isn t actually the worst thing Wolfe has ever written Castleview, allllways Castleview , I can see why they don t.The plot is fairly simple some years ago, humanity established a colony on Mars, then got into a war with it when Earth became a pseudo Communist, anti technology hellhole lorded over by a small group of powerful plutocrats Mars has presumably been expanding instead, and there s worry they re planning to invade Earth and liberate it s oppressed citizens It s all very dystopian, from the harsh gestapo tactics of the government peaceguard to the packs of feral mutant animals that keep humanity living in massive slum cities It s also right wing as all hell but it s 70 s right wing, which compared to the frothing demagoguery of today seems kind of quaint and homey It has all the hallmarks of Wolfe at his worst meandering conversations, a disjointed narrative, characters making bizarre decisions that are only explained dozens of pages later with almost none of the prose quality that puts Wolfe head and shoulders above other sci fi It s somewhat entertaining as a curio for the Gene Wolfe completist the fact that he went from this to Peace and The Fifth Head of Cerberus in three years is jaw dropping , but you definitely don t want to make it your first or second, or even fifth Wolfe novel Reading Operation Ares is a weird experience, and although weird is the word which is almost always assosciated with Wolfe, but the book just leaves you unsatisfied with its ending.Now you may assosciate many words with Wolfe s writing, but never the word unsatisfied, but considering that this was his first novel and the text was cut by 20%, you can give benefit of doubt to Wolfe.Regarding the strong and weak points of the book, the strong points for me where1 Dystopian future.2 Interesting id Reading Operation Ares is a weird experience, and although weird is the word which is almost always assosciated with Wolfe, but the book just leaves you unsatisfied with its ending.Now you may assosciate many words with Wolfe s writing, but never the word unsatisfied, but considering that this was his first novel and the text was cut by 20%, you can give benefit of doubt to Wolfe.Regarding the strong and weak points of the book, the strong points for me where1 Dystopian future.2 Interesting ideas.regarding the weak points1 Acute case of deus ex machina syndrome.2 Unresolved storylines.3 Wolfe taking sides.Let me elaborate on the above points now,1 Dystopian future.The story basically takes place where in United States has over thrown the constitutional government and the bureacrats have assumed all the power of state.Also most of the scientists and engineers have taken refuge on Mars, that s why people living in States have completely forgotten how to use technology, they are living their life just like in dark ages.People are completely dependent on government for everything from jobs to food, that s why government has started running social programs by which people are able to sustain their day to day life Wolfe really paints a bleak picture for the future.2 Interesting ideas.The world which we get in the book is really intrestring due to the fact that people have forgotten how to use normal technology like radios or television, and these assets have become property of elite.Another idea is that of States taking help of Soviet Russia to survive by importing engineers and doctors from them.Regarding the weak points of the book1 Acute case of deus ex machina syndrome.Most of the story in the novel centers around our protogonist John Castle, now this guy we are told had done science major, and he teaches students in university with all the basic subjects like electronics physics chemistry.But he is shown to be farthan that in this novel, he s like the answer to all the questions in this book.2 Unresolved storylines.As is always the case with any Wolfe novel, there are many parallel stories going on with the main story, but not all of them are resolved at the end.You are left with many questions, but I don t think this time you will be able to find answers for them in text.3 Wolfe taking sides I always find Wolfe s stories to be empathetic, and rarely does he potray a purely evil or purely good person, his characters are always grey and complicated, and that s what make themlifelike and likeable, because nothing is straight in life.But Wolfe clearly takes sides in this book, he potrays how following one idealogy has completed ruined States, and that was a kind of shock to me from this book.Definitely a a book to forget about I give this 3 5 stars Not Wolfe s best, by a long way I can see why he buried it Still,enjoyable than its reputation had led me to believe.It s a future American dystopia rooted in a highly implausible set of political concerns that I guess troubled conservatives in the 1960s The dictatorship was instituted by welfare state bureaucrats who seem to genuinely want to give everyone money so they won t work, which has led, obviously, to the collapse of the economy and a massive reduction in quality of life The Not Wolfe s best, by a long way I can see why he buried it Still,enjoyable than its reputation had led me to believe.It s a future American dystopia rooted in a highly implausible set of political concerns that I guess troubled conservatives in the 1960s The dictatorship was instituted by welfare state bureaucrats who seem to genuinely want to give everyone money so they won t work, which has led, obviously, to the collapse of the economy and a massive reduction in quality of life The essential problem with the welfare state is that it bribes people not to work The author s solution and there s little doubt that the political views of certain characters match the author s own at the time is view spoiler universal basic income This will keep alive the millions who ve been made incurably idle by the welfare state, but also won t disincentivise anyone from getting a job I had heard and been surprised that Nixon tried to institute UBI in the 1960s, but it makes a littlesense as a conservative viewpoint after reading this hide spoiler The other main concern behind this dystopia is anti science and anti technology The dictatorship has ended all spending on science and technology, and actively propagandises against them Their reasoning is that spending on them, especially on space exploration, throws away money that could be given to the poor This is a fairly commonplace argument against space exploration, and I suppose the welfare dictatorship aspect of the novel could be a reductio ad absurdam from this premise, rather than a genuine expression of if this goes on fear on the author s part The idea of a US government that is actively anti science is one of the less absurd aspects of the novel Interestingly, this US became anti science version of reality makes our own world look comparatively backward before shutting down the space program, the US established a successful Martian colony.A third aspect of the dystopia, not harped on too much, is the loss of the right to bear arms , leaving Americans prey to wild animals The question of why this has not happened in every other country where few people own guns is not explored.The hero becomes mixed up with revolutionary forces assisted by the Martian colonists, and participates in a senior role in a new American civil war, a proxy war between the 21st century superpowers Russia allied with the dictatorship and China allied with the revolutionaries.The infamous holes left by an editor s cuts hurt the flow of the book, but I m not sure I d have made it through another 40 000 words I concur with those who say you probably shouldn t read this first if you haven t read Wolfe yet If I hadn t read a lot of much better Wolfe, I d probably have come away from this with a fairly low opinion of his work