The Probability Broach
by L. Neil Smith

One of the most explicitly libertarian science fiction novels ever written and by far the best book I have read by Smith. The title refers to a sort of time travel in which you go to a parallel world, in this case, an America that had the same history as ours up until the Whiskey Rebellion, but which deviates in a libertarian direction from there because the rebels win. An appendix gives an amusing chronicle of history from that point.

Smith tends to make quick transitions that get me lost, and I didnít care for the gimmick of bringing apes and porpoises into the story as moral agents, but otherwise I enjoyed the book. It is two notches better than his other books and only a couple notches below the average James P. Hogan or F. Paul Wilson book.

Year Read: 2002


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