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Falling Free

[The Spirit Ring] Falling Free
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Published by The Reader's Chair
Amazon.com: audiobook
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Recommended by: Greg Slade

Falling Free tells the adventures of Leo Graf, an engineer who is booked to teach zero-gravity welding techniques to a group of prospective deep-space construction workers. Then, a technological advance threatens not just his students' jobs, but their lives as well, and Graf is faced with the decision of whether to do what's best for his career, or what's "right." Since the choices to be made are essentially moral, Bujold's language strays into the theological:

This test was a higher order of magnitude altogether. This Tester, perhaps, scorned the merely humanly possible. Leo tried to remember how long it had been since he'd prayed, or even believed. Never, he decided, like this. He'd never needed like this before.... (p. 131)

I've never heard Bujold make a specific faith commitment, but there is a scattering of allusions and references throughout her works which makes it clear that Christianity is part of the moral background of her characters, at least.

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