Bear, Elizabeth -- Undertow
Bear continues to write books faster than I can read half of them.
This one has a human colony on an aquatic world, with some odd
professions (quantum luck wrangler) and some odd indigenes (the
Froggies, used as cheap labor, who are -- wait for it -- More Than
They Appear...) The story unabashedly takes fantasy tropes (curses,
geases, magical natives, the finitely-delayed wrath of the gods) into
a science-fictional setting. It's the Corporation, not the Dark Lord,
whom you have to watch out for -- and yes, that's a real distinction;
it behaves like big corporations everywhere. Including wanting to own
your soul. And when the metaphysical shit, or quantum caca if you
like, hits the fan, it's appropriately kaleidoscopic.
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