by Daniel Keys Moran
The Long Run may be one of the best science fiction books you’ve never heard of before now. (Bantam published it in 1989, and it is is now, bafflingly, out of print.)
I got my hands on it because a co-worker recommended Keys Moran and happened to have copies of several of his books. He suggested I start with The Long Run. It is one novel in a series about something called The Continuing Time.
It is also one absorbing ride through a relatively-near (~2070) future. It is full of names that grab you (Trent the Uncatchable, Ralf the Wise and Powerful), chases, and cyber-spacey problems like datastarve. The environment is plausible enough — as with any story set in the future, you need to be willing to suspend your disbelief at how things turned out — and the ideas catchy enough, I really wanted see what would happen next.
Keyes Moran picks up extra credibility points for making his characters multidimensional. For example: the repressive government may have taken things too far, but even the hero can see that with current reality, certain functions — like population control — can’t be done away with.
The Long Run delivers what I most want from science fiction stories: a view of the future with a twist, complete with resonant ethical problems, that asks more questions than it answers. Highly recommended.