Heaven's River by Dennis E. Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The fourth novel in the series focuses on the perhaps inevitable fracture of the Bobiverse as the replicants drift ever so slightly apart as the generations multiply, it seems there is no such thing as a perfect copy or perhaps events do indeed shape the mind in small almost immeasurable ways even for what amounts to software. As factions form within the community Bob himself attempts to track down the long lost Bender and he is successful but in that success the battle lines are drawn and even the organics associated with the Bobs suffer and/or exploit the chaos.
Heaven's River is my favourite of the four novels, I liked the evolution of the Bobs and humanity as well as the complications of the non-human elements of the galaxy. The Quinlan culture and the technology behind it was fascinating and shows wonderful creativity coupled with insights into individuals and society as events impact upon them.
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