Arslan, by Engh, M. J.

Arslan is one of the oddest science fiction novels I have ever read. That may be because it was written by a woman (M(ary) J(ane) Engh), and not to sound sexist, but most science fiction written by women usually reads oddly to me. But its probably because the premise and execution of this novel are really frightening, even if quite implausible. This novel tells the story of a tin-pot dictator in a third-rate country who strong arms his way into a meeting with the Soviets, and thereafter, bloodl[…]

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