Year One by Nora Roberts (SF/F Novel, December 2017). Is it the tense times we live in that has so many authors exploring the theme of society collapsing via assorted doomsday scenarios? Of course the post-holocaust world is a long-established theme in science fiction and also crops up in supernatural fantasy from time to time. Here, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Year One"
Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb (SF/Mystery Novel, September 2017). By my count, this is the 43rd (!) novel about the adventures of near-future homicide cop Eve Dallas (and her team, which includes her super-rich onetime thief of a husband). This time out, Eve has been roped into an unwelcome sit-down meeting with Dr. DeWinter (whose […]Read more "REVIEWED: Secrets In Death"
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"