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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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30 Day Book Meme - Day 25
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most

Leo Graf, the liberator protagonist of Falling Free by Lois MacMaster Bujold. Leo is an engineer, assigned to inspect the construction of a new space station and train junior engineers. The juniors are even more junior than he expected, not just newly educated but a newly created species designed to live in free fall. The company considers them property, not people, and Leo leads a rebellion to take the "quaddies" to someplace they can be free.

I identify with Leo because he's an engineer first and last. He comes up with his plan to save the quaddies by redefining the situation as an engineering problem. Early on he gives a stern lecture to his students on how reality cannot be fooled that's a model for one I'd like to tell engineering students.

(Sidenote: the edition I linked to above has the worst cover I've ever seen for it, one of the worst book covers ever, which is a true shame considering how many very good ones have been done for this book)

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