Day By Night
Reviewed date: 2019 Nov 30
Always dense, often overwrought, sometimes lyrical. Lee drops in a few truly magnificent phrases, scintillating diamonds in a vast and dusty coal mine.
The planet is tidally locked with its sun: one hemisphere relentlessly scorched, the other in eternal night. One the sunlit side, the decadent rich live on vast estates operated by robot labor, and the poor live in Slumopolis. On the dark side everyone lives underground; the rich, again, in vast residences maintained by robot servants, while the poor labor and die in the mines.
In both societies, the robots are slowly failing and nobody can fix them. Their societies are dying and decadent remnants of an ancient civilization, and the people have long since lost the ability to understand their technology, must less maintain it or fix it.