The Astounding, The Amazing, And The Unknown, by Paul Malmont (432pp. Simon & Schuster)
The year is 1943, and the United States government turns to an unlikely source for help: The nation’s best science fiction writers. Led by Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, the “Kamikaze Group” works tirelessly to make science fiction a reality, to unlock the secrets to invisibility, death rays, force fields, and weather control to help the war effort. The lost manuscripts and testing notes from Nikola Tesla lead the team on a merry chase for a super-weapon that could end the war. This is pulp fiction of the finest kind. Full of subjunctive histories and breathtaking near escapes, this is a book that will appeal to that excited little boy in all of us.
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd
by Robert Charles Wilson (416pp. Tor Books)
This is a story of the future as much as it is a story of the past. The various disasters of the 21st Century have set the United States in radical retreat, away from technology, away from urban life. Long gone are the days of imperialism, of capitalism. The post-collapse finds the nation back in a 19th Century mindset. Social classes are deeply distinguished. Religion plays a powerful role in both politics and everyday life. Meet Julian Comstock, the exiled nephew of the tyrannical American president, the sole threat to his throne. This is the story of his quest, of his grand and rollicking adventure that overturns an entire nation. This is Huckleberry Finn meets Dune meets The Lion King. It is a meditation on those nagging questions on the power of the individual, on the nature of truth, of power, of idealism, and of change.
by Joe Haldeman (288pp. Ace Hardcover)
Matt Fuller, a lowly research assistant at MIT, happens upon a marvellous accident. The calibrator that he’s just built suddenly starts disappearing and reappearing, jumping forward in time for progressively longer intervals. This book posits a rather interesting question. What would you do if you had a time machine that only travelled one direction in time - to the future and exponentially so? First you leap forward for just a few seconds, then by a few minutes, and then, before you know it, you’re jumping a whole millennia ahead in time. The concepts in this book are similar to those explored by Haldeman in The Forever War but expanded and expounded upon. A more than welcome addition to the ever growing time travel mythos.
RIP Ray Bradbury, 1920 - 2012