Friday, September 28, 2018

Tomorrow, tomorrow and... when?

I started writing this on a Thursday afternoon. "Tomorrow" I would do the next edits on a book. Tomorrow, the day after, I hoped to play board games with sons. Tomorrow, the day after that, I'd be at church. And tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow... all leading to an uncertain future, globally warmed, socially falling, maybe... So then I stopped and read a science fiction novel, and the possibilities are endless - not all good, but definitely endless.

Here are some reviews of the science fiction novels that fill our my tomorrows: With coffee, of course.

Primordial Threat by M. A. Rothman is "hard" or classical science fiction, set in the not too distant future. We're colonizing the moon. We're watching the stars. And we're still living in our separate nations, unsure if we're quite safe together when suddenly we find, we'll be even less safe apart. As threat approaches from the sky, a discredited scientist might have to be trusted, a deathly cult might have to be stopped, and strange plans might be made. Definitely intriguing, with just enough science to satisfy this one-time scientist, and just enough action and adventure too. Enjoy with some bold dark five-star coffee.

A Star Curiously Singing by Kerry Nietz is set in a far more distant future, derived from a complex future history where enhanced humans have come to be owned as treasured servant/slaves, and one religious faith reigns supreme. Pleasingly different, curiously unexpected, and cleverly constructed, the novel invites readers to see the soul in man and machine, and to look beyond - shades of 2001 perhaps? Enjoy with some complex and fascinating four-star coffee.

And then there's Everville, the Rise of Mallory by Roy Huff. My husband would say it's fantasy rather than science fiction, though there are clear rules in the multiverse created by Roy Huff, and the rules are surely a science of their own. It's part of a series best read in sequence, as there's lots of backstory to absorb - well-reminded for readers trying to remember, but perhaps confusing for those who haven't caught up with the storyline before. Wise lessons in the value of patience - almost infinite patience - fascinating possibilities, cool myth-building and more. Enjoy with some well-balanced, full-flavored three-star coffee.

Another "clear rules" series is Christine Amsden's Cassie Scot series. The novels are set in the present-day world, but the protagonists, hiding in plain sight, have magical powers--all except for Cassie it seems, as the stories begin. The magic is well-woven, always self-consistent, and always bound to very believable people. The author has just brought out her first novella, a standalone young-adult paranormal-romantic-suspense called The Seer's Fate. It's a quick, enticing read, with some very wise lessons and intriguing conceptions woven into the power of seeing the future. Enjoy this well-balanced blend with some more well-balanced three-star coffee.

Tomorrow I'll read something else, and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow... But editing comes first. And maybe even a touch of writing too. So much to do, and so many books, and so many possibilities.



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