Is a good dog deployed for war crimes a bad dog, and when he disobeys his Master a good dog? Existential questions for a biotech dog in Dogs of War. It’s a long way for humans to accept to share the world with self-aware machine-animal hybrids. But luckily there’s an humanoid hive behind the curtain to ensure the path develops.
I read the first book Children of Time, in which spiders inherit the earth, or rather a terraformed planet, late last year. This is the second episode, Children of Ruin, this time with very emotional octopuses (yet with rational tentacles) and with alien self-aware slime mould. We’re going to have an adventure, the mould makes the last remaining humans say.
The weird thing was I kept thinking I read it before, although it was first published last May. Maybe there were a few sample chapters appended to the first part.
Exit Strategy is the next installment of the Murderbot Diaries.
This one is a bit short and a bit less humorous but still a fun read, tying up a lot of loose ends. I think there is no logical next one.
Or it will be a new storyline unrelated to previous parts, set in the same universe.
I met Mark Belfry earlier this year on Prince Edward Island, where he gave me his card which mentioned his book The Suncaster.
Enjoyed The Suncaster a lot. I think it is good, believable, and enjoyable SF, relatively near future (about 100 years)
The second book, The Somewhere Sun, next to pushing the story forward, is a bit more spiritual yet a spirituality based in quantum physics. Nice juxtaposition of vicious and virtuous cycles.
Looking forward a lot to book 3, unsure though if and when that will appear.
Over on the Facebook group ‘conversation’ run by John Kellden, the topic the past days was to ‘tell a science fiction story, in six words only.’ It’s always fun to try and these type of things. And well over 200 comments followed.
These are the ones I contributed:
The Blue Planet was easily taken.
Mutated gut microbes chose world domination.
First contact went to voice mail.
Earth counteracted spin. Tonight western sunrise.
Charles Stross asks about blind spots in subject matter for science fiction. The posting itself is worth a read, and the over 500 comments are worth a browse just as much.