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Chris James is the critically acclaimed author of the first two parts of the science fiction trilogy The Second Internet Cafe, and Stories of Genesis, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 & Vol. 3, short story collections based on characters in songs by the rock band Genesis. Chris is also the author of the ground-breaking science fiction novel Class Action, and has published the comedy/picture book The B Team and Me. He has also published two feature-film length screenplays: the romantic comedy The Renewable Assignment, and a biopic of early Genesis and Tony Stratton-Smith, called Atmospheres: The genesis of Genesis.
Chris is an occasional lecturer in English at Warsaw University and a full-time language trainer. Chris lives in an agreeably anonymous – and nicely forested – suburb of Warsaw, Poland, with his Polish wife and three children.
on July 26, 2012 :
I bought this book on the strength of a previous novel by Chris James, Class Action, which I really enjoyed and which was, apparently, his first novel. I am so pleased I did as the Dimension Researcher has turned out to be my favourite book from this past year! I liked it so much, I'm rereading it now...in preparation for the second in his series, which I understand will be coming up within the next year.
The character of Lucas Hunter compelled me to continue reading as SciFi has never been my genre of choice;however, with this book, I have changed my mind. What I loved about the adventures? The science, the wonder, the human impact of the unique time travel.
The story is a fascinating one...actually, it isn't one story, it's many. Timelines in alternate universes pop up regularly to create new challenges for the characters and the reader. I was enthralled by the choices Mr.James made in these realities, particularly when there was significant attention paid to the emotional toll of this kind of travel.
Mr. James is a skilled literary writer and a wonderful storyteller. I really can't wait to read the next installment...and the next...and the next!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)