Across the Void by S.K. Vaughan (SF Novel, 2019). Vaughan is the pseudonym of an author of a trio of thrillers that achieved international best-seller status. Now the writer turns to near-future space-faring adventure with Across the Void. Commander Maryam Knox was in command of the first science expedition to explore Europa. She falls critically […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Across the Void"
This very ambitious and largely successful debut novel is a thick (532-page) and generally very well-paced blend of alternate history and hard-science-based space adventure. In this book’s universe, humanity had early space shuttles as early as World War I (!), astronomers discovered an Earth-like planet in one of the nearer star systems years later and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two?"
The latest from one of SF’s brightest and most imaginative newer writers, ESCAPING EXODUS is Nicky Drayden’s 3rd novel . This time out, Drayden takes the familiar trope of colonists who escaped a doomed Earth in generational sub-light ships in search of new habitable worlds and turns it all upside down in her own brilliantly […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Escaping Exodus"
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (SF Novel, 2019). Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the misogynistic nightmare Republic of Gilead is still in power. But that power may be slipping. At the least, resistance persists, both inside and outside its borders. An endless war grinds on against California, protests mount in other neighboring countries […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments"
Today I Am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker (SF Novel, March 2019). The idea of the android/robot/Artificial Intelligence that is given or develops human emotions has been a recurrent trope since the genre’s pulp era, if not earlier. “I, Robot” (the short story from the 1930’s, not the title of the later Asimov collection) comes immediately […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Today I Am Carey"
Green Valley by Louis Greenberg (SF novel, June 2019). Greenberg’s novel is about a near-future where most of the world’s people have rejected the whole idea of the high-tech, always-connected and always-monitored Information Age. The book opens about a decade after this overwhelming popular uprising against the surveillance state, up to and including a ban on […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Green Valley"
Alliance Rising by C. J. Cherryh and Jane S. Fancher (SF Novel, January 2019). Co-writing with spouse Jane S. Fancher, multiple Award-Winning SF superstar C. J. Cherryh returns to her long-running Alliance-Union Universe with this fine novel. The action centers around Alpha, orbiting Bernard’s Star and thus one of the nearest space-stations to Earth. Humans began […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Alliance Rising"
Mission to Methone by Les Johnson (SF novel, February 2018). A lot of near-future space-centered fiction is focused on the prospect of asteroid mining–or at least, as in this case, that theme is used a springboard into the plot. In 2065, Chris Holt is a (so-far) Earthbound scientist using robotic probes to survey various space rocks […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Mission to Methone"
Vessel by Lisa A, Nichols (SF Novel, May 2019). This debut novel is another near-future space-adventure. A mysterious disaster has struck the NASA spaceship Sagittarius after it passed through a wormhole to study a distant planet as a possible site for colonization. Out of contact for years, it was long presumed lost. But now it returns via the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Vessel"
Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds (SF Novel, March 2019). I’m likely to catch flak from purists by tagging a time travel novel as “hard SF.” But in this case the author has gone all-out to present a fairly rigorous theoretical basis for how it’s achieved. No physical bodies are dispatched to what used to be part of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Permafrost"