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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