December 18, 2017

August 2013: This Month in Science Fiction

This month’s science fiction action is as hot as an August summer. Have you caught Europa Report? How ‘bout Elysium? Or After Earth, or the Tom Cruise science fiction adventure Oblivion? Even the superhero adventures have been hotter than ever, from The Man of Steel to Iron Man 3. Smashed moons, from Krypton’s Wegthor  to Earth’s very own Luna are now in vogue, but otherwise, there has been nary a dud in the summer sci-fi season. And the year’s not over, as we anticipate Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Enders Game and Gravity for the Fall cycle of movies as well.   [Read more...]

Book Review: Quantum Coin

Quantum Coin the sequel to Fair Coin, by E.C. Myers, is a marvelously complex jaunt through the theories of quantum theory and the concepts of parallel universes.

In this sequel, our teen heroes — Ephraim, Jena and Nathan — and several of their alternate universe analogs, are called upon to save the multiverse. It’s been nearly a year since Ephraim ‘wished’ himself into a better situation and lived through the chaos that caused, and the quantum coin has been calm and hangs around his now-girlfriend Jena’s neck as a gift. Life has settled to relative normalcy.

Enter Zoe, Jena’s analog from a parallel universe. Her untimely entrance at senior prom challenges any conception of ‘normalcy’ for Ephraim and Jena, and her news about the unstable multiverse and Ephraim’s possible contribution to that status, completely dissolves the ‘normal’ concept.

There is some true science, as well as science fiction  in this novel.  There is a whole new spin on inter-personal relations when that other person  may be another version of oneself. There is complexity of the heart when one version of a girl is more attractive to a fellow than another version of the same girl. There is some mystery and sleuthing, a bit of subterfuge, and even a little social consciousness. What there is not is predictability.

I had great fun reading this book. It’s the sort of book that pulls one along as the next development is just around the corner. It’s a good premise and a good read.

 

Review: The Doctor & the Kid by Mike Resnick.

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The West has never been weirder… This week, we look at the Steampunk sequel to The Buntline Special with The Doctor & the Kid by Mike Resnick out from Pyr Books. [Read more...]

Review: Cowboy Angels by Paul McAuley.

The siren song of alternative timelines is a tempting one. Are there other realities blossoming constantly from our own? Is there a reality out there where Brittany Spears is president, or World War II never happened? Or are things finitely probable but largely impossible? This week, we take a look at Paul McAuley’s new book, the Cowboy Angels out from Pyr Books.

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