Yes - this book is written by LeVar Burton. Yes - the LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow, and the LeVar Burton who played Geordi Laforge in Star Trek: TNG. I originally bought the book just because it was written by Geordi. I was sad to find that the book wasn't written for me - a simple, colorless science fiction fan. The book was made, and he prefaced this by saying, for black science fiction fans so they could have black heroes to look up to.
While I think that's great, it really was glareing throughout the novel that was what he was trying to accomplish. While this book has some really good ideas, and some very scary ones that seem awfully plausible to me (One word: skinners!), the race issue was just too prevalent for me to have enjoyed it much.
But, hey, it was written by Geordi - definitely worth a once over for a fan!