The Man Who Used the Universe

The Man Who Used the Universe by Alan Dean Foster is a fun bit of science fiction fluff from the early eighties. By no means is it a great work of literature, but it’s well-written and inventive. I especially enjoyed seeing the author’s take on what the future will look like, including some fancy pieces of technology that are suspiciously similar to devices that have recently been put on the market. Kees vann Loo-Macklin is the sly and mercurial titular character that in one moment seems more hero than rogue, but the next moment sees that description flipped. This is an enjoyable and tasty popcorn treat, but mostly just for fans of the genre.

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