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Birthright: the Book of Man

Birthright: The Book of Man - Mike Resnick Birthright is nothing if not expansive. The stories in this future history tell of the rise and fall of the human race. Resnick created a well crafted, detailed universe, and I liked the individual segments (especially the ones that dealt with the the alien-ness of other races and the problems with ascribing human logic to their behavior.) However, I was disappointed in the complete lack of goodness and compassion in Man. I probably would have given this 5 stars had there been a glimmer of hope - but I just came out it slightly depressed.