The God Gene by F. Paul Wilson (SF novel, 2018). Wilson’s new novel is a direct sequel to Panacea with the same two lead characters (Dr. Laura Fanning and former CIA agent Rick Hayden). There are frequent references to that work and before the main plot of The God Gene comes to fully dominate things, there’s a subplot tying […]Read more "REVIEWED: The God Gene"
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Dystopian Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This near-future novel from an award-winning/best-selling author is a dystopian nightmare. While it uses global climate change/warming as an apparent trigger for genetic changes that bring on the collapse of civilization, it can’t be classed as a ‘hard science’ novel per se. […]Read more "REVIEWED: Future Home of the Living God"
Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This, the latest novel set in the Ender’s Game universe, marks its acclaimed and veteran author’s first solo effort in the series since 2008. In the aftermath of Ender Wiggin’s crushing victory against the aliens in the Third Formic War, the International Fleet’s satellite-based […]Read more "REVIEWED: Children of the Fleet"
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This impressive first novel takes the aspects of a very familiar science fictional trope and uses them as metaphor for the exploration of past and present-day injustices. The trope in question is the generational spaceship, fleeing an Earth ruined by human greed and/or stupidity at relativistic […]Read more "REVIEWED: An Unkindness of Ghosts"
Sip by Brian Allen Carr (Post-Apocalyptic Novel, 2017). A winner of a couple literary awards for his short writings, Mr. Carr ventures into post-apocalyptic territory for his first novel. I’m not about to dismiss it as truly bad sci-fi, but don’t expect anything in the way ‘hard’ SF. Sip is more a blend of satirical or maybe even somewhat […]Read more "REVIEWED: Sip"
The Dark Light-Years by Brian Aldiss (Science Fiction Novel, 1964). Aldiss, one of the Grand Masters of science fiction’s New Wave, recently died. This inspired me to dig out my somewhat ancient paperback copy of this novel to reread (after multiple decades). It’s very brief as novels go today (128 pages in my Signet paperback edition) […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Dark Light Years"
The Beach Head by Christopher Mari. (Christian SF Novel, 2017). This one is an explicitly Christian-based post-Apocalypse in science fictional form. Our main characters, John and Kendra, are officers with New Philadelphia’s Defense Forces. This great walled city houses what inhabitants believe to be the last surviving remnants of the human race. We’re told that, as per the Book […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Beach Head"