James Boiceâ€™s THE GOOD AND THE GHASTLY takes place 1500 years from now, after nuclear Armageddon has wiped out most of civilization. There are very few survivors in this blasted world where the oceans have risen high enough to flood much of the worldâ€™s low lying areas. Civilization has been rebuilt based on scanty and flagrantly wrong fragments of lore. Palin, for example, is the doyen of natural selection. All products are named by a status-linked phrase such as Visa Expensive Hotel. Visa is the generic term for government or other organizations or corporations.
ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson tells the apocalyptic story of a near future when one machine gains true intelligence and determines to honor life by wiping out human civilization. The machine intelligence takes over the robots that are central to civilization; the automatic cars, the robo-nannies and cleaning bots; all of them become the enemies of humanity. Most of the few people who survive are herded into concentration camps where some are surgically altered to become part machine. Needless to say the machine parts are all under control of the original rebellious machine. Robots start evolving, building new robots in response to human resistance.
EQUATIONS OF LIFE by Simon Morden is a profoundly dystopian romp that takes place approximately twenty years in the future and it is great fun to read. Unlike much of contemporary science fiction, the science is pretty much correct as befits an author with a Ph.D. in planetary geophysics. It is the first in a trilogy, to be followed by THEORIES OF FLIGHT and DEGREES OF FREEDOM, all featuring Samuil Petrovitch, scientific genius, physical wreck, reluctant hero, and academic fraud.
What is Pulitzer Prize winning THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy really about? The plot is easily summarised as a man and his young boy moving south on foot through a post-apocalyptic North America towards southern shores, in hope of better chances of survival. The core reasons for the novelâ€™s existence may be a little harder to grasp.
In this staggering book of speculative fiction, Cronin has proven that he can transcend genre and, with his power of language, create a distant world that feels close and credible. THE PASSAGE is not your typical zombie or vampire novel; it isn’t cheesy or reductive. It shares some characteristics with its progenitor, THE STAND, and fans of King’s work will be arguably riveted by this (more updated) novel. But there are as many differences as there are similarities, and Cronin’s ambitions are ultimately more complex and expansive.
June 7, 2010
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: Good & Evil, Horror, Justin Cronin, Post-apocalyptic, Vampire Â· Posted in: Horror, Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Speculative (Beyond Reality), y Award Winning Author
Unlike much of the world, the Thai Kingdom had avoided inundation by the rising oceans. It had avoided pandemic decimation of crops and population. It had kept the global agri-corporations from accessing and either exploiting or destroying its vast and precious seed banks. It had taken drastic, isolationist steps to preserve itself while most of the rest of the world faltered into massive contraction and potential extinction.
The white shirts of the Environment Ministry enforced the official policy of the Child Queen’s regime, burning fields and villages if genetic blight or plague struck, conducting customs inspections of the expensive goods imported on dirigibles and confiscating and destroying even items supposedly protected by large bribes. And, “mulching” any windups they discovered.
May 14, 2010
Â· Judi Clark Â· 3 Comments
Tags: Climate Change, Dystopian, Future, Greed & Corruption, Gritty, Post-apocalyptic, robot Â· Posted in: Hugo Award, Nebula Award Winner, Speculative (Beyond Reality)