M. Darusha Wehm is a two-time Parsec Award finalist and author of the SF novels Beautiful Red, Self Made, Act of Will and The Beauty of Our Weapons. She is also the founder and editor of Plan B Magazine which focusses on short mystery and crime fiction, and curates the photo webzine Spaceships Today.
Her short fiction has appeared in Thaumatrope Magazine, Podioracket’s Glimpses anthology, Luna Station Quarterly, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and been featured in the Toasted Cake and Escape Pod podcasts.
Born and raised in Canada, she currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after sailing down the west coast of the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean with her partner, Steven, on their sailboat, Scream.
on Oct. 21, 2010 :
Very though provoking and entertaining. Well written both from language, plot, and character development standpoints.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 20, 2010 :
I'm a big fan of cyber-punk sci-fi, dating back more than 20 years (dating my self, I know). I stumbled upon the author's novella "Big Red" on Itunes while starving for something new to read. The story was smooth in style, realistic in its "scenery" of the future, characters which had as much depth as their "world" could allow them. In my view (opinion only here), the sometimes shallow depth of the characters is a direct reflection of the "world" they live in. The world of this future is designed to suppress individuality, hence, a lack of depth in personality.
This book, "Self Made," is placed in the same world as "Big Red." But, it has completely different story-line, characters, and plot (similar character theme though). In "Self Made," the characters have a bit more depth and personality to them. I don't know if this is simply a maturing of the author into being more daring in that vein, or it's intentional by the author as a means of showing more of the struggle of the characters to bust themselves out of the cookie-cutter society they find themselves living in. No matter though. The book is a good, entertaining read that anyone who likes sci-fi will enjoy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)