on Aug. 5, 2018 :
Jeffrey A Carver.
This future drama is firmly set in the time it was written, after Voyager 2 took the first photos of Neptune. And when chaos theory, popularised by James Gleick, was a talking point. It is to the 1990s, what the Manhattan project legacy of atomic piles, was to the 1950s, propagandised, as was this outrageous menace to future generations, into a panacea that lingers on to this unfortunate day. I don’t remember Carver being guilty of this dangerous delusion, that still besets many a science-fiction.
Carver has republished his books from the traditional paperback publishing houses, into e-book form. He is a professional, who, I gather, conducts classes, which serve to emphasise that status. And it shows in his writing, that keeps in touch with the moment, so that the reader lives events as they happen.
This is dramatic, at the climax, with all the awkwardness involved in trying to steal a spaceship.
However, the rest of the long narrative may be too introverted to convert readily to the cinema. Dramatic or not, the tale offers a steady, and rather masterly, supply of objectionable characters. The author also does a fair job of the more agreeable souls. And even in so exotic a spot as Charon, the moon of Pluto, the drudgery of the working man makes itself felt.
The narrative character finds himself host to an alien mentality, which is like characterising a split personality. He cannot tell the doctor of his condition without being diagnosed as psychotic. The personal conversation of John Bandicut must serve as a self therapy.
The plot does make the intelligent supposition that First Contact may be with a much older and more benevolent life form.
The outcome owes something to that of 2001 by Arthur C Clarke. It is not really credible but rather something contrived, to set off the sequel from a radically different setting, while implausibly preserving the previously created character.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 1, 2013 :
I liked this book. Perhaps because I am as old as the author, having a fable for science oriented books as grown up at a time where anyone believed in the power of science.
A great adventure, schizophrenic, about friendship with an alien parasite and not missing some kind of love story too.
I could not put my reader aside!
(review of free book)
on April 3, 2011 :
I am always on the look out for hard SF. When I do find it, usually the characters are lacking. Just bots to show off the shiny tech.
Not here. Carver has written plausible SF that has both science and heart.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)