John DeNardo on SF Signal decries Algis Budrys' 1960 Rogue Moon for its character development and focus on existentialism, opining that “too much of the book centers on the characters of Hawks, Barker, Claire,, and Vincent Connington. While their stories are somewhat interesting, I really wanted to see more of the BDO.” It’s precisely superficial attitudes like this which have kept much of sf in the gutter, my friends. Gimme cool death machines rather than exploration of human nature… Yeah. But I get ahead of myself.
From its title to the central plot device, Rogue Moon is an enigma. Is it satire on the American system and what it demands of a person before they die? Is it a meditation on death from the point of view of numerous character types? Allegory to the subjectivity of existence and the variety of responses to that notion? Or just an obtuse idea presented as conceived without deeper significance?