Darcy Coates, Fiction, Horror, Parasite, Science Fiction

Parasite Does Not Quite Overcome this Reader’s Immune Response

Parasite is the second novel I’ve read by author Darcy Coates. With this novel (which is actually five short stories/novellas tied together by an alien invasion throughout a distant human-populated system united under an entity called Control), Coates takes on military sci-fi horror. The reader may recognize the strong influence of John Carpenter’s The Thing.… Continue reading Parasite Does Not Quite Overcome this Reader’s Immune Response

Fiction, Raft, Science Fiction, Stephen Baxter

Baxter’s Raft Takes a Wild Ride Across the Surface of Class Differences

Stephen Baxter’s 1991 science-fiction novel, Raft, is the first in his expansive Xeelee Sequence, which spans nearly a dozen novels. In Raft, I see Baxter drawing inspiration from, specifically, two Robert Heinlein novels: Orphans of the Sky and Citizen of the Galaxy. The premise of Raft is not unusual: a spacecraft somehow finds itself being… Continue reading Baxter’s Raft Takes a Wild Ride Across the Surface of Class Differences

Fiction, Writing

Too Much Exposition???

I’m not going to say anything here that is revolutionary or that has not been discussed ad nauseam in other forums. The Internet (more accurately, though, the World Wide Web) heralded a dumbing down of humanity. It catalyzed a change in how we consume information. In the wake of its arrival, we are losing our… Continue reading Too Much Exposition???

Adam Nevill, Fiction, No One Gets Out Alive

No One Gets Out Alive In This Early Novel by Adam Nevill

Adam Nevill is a hell of a writer. No One Gets Out Alive is the fourth Nevill novel I’ve read and none have disappointed. Last Days remains my favorite, though. What I enjoy about Nevill’s writing is the way he retains a literary voice in a genre that is often disregarded as having any true… Continue reading No One Gets Out Alive In This Early Novel by Adam Nevill