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By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Saturday 6 September 2003
Rating:   8

Gatiss writes of aliens with sensitivity and a belief that they are, in their own way, people too. The villain in the book, such as it is, is the cult of St. Anthony. And here is where we see what Gatiss's concerns are. Cults, the military, nationalism, all are forms of bigotry because they rely on unthinking us vs. them mentality. When Ace is brainwashed by the cult of St. Anthony, that is an apt metaphor for how Gatiss sees these things - literally one gives up one's mind to the cause. The result is always tragic.

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