On the surface, the genres of Cyberpunk and Cthulhu Mythos would appear to be at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cyberpunk, amongst other things, deals with the negative impact of technology on humanity and society. It appears to me to be a very internal battle that Cyberpunk describes, namely that of the human soul battling against the encroaching cold embrace of technology. H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos by comparison, chronicles humanity’s struggle to deal with terrifying and unfathomably cosmic forces far beyond our comprehension. As much as this description sets those poles apart, the two genres have much more in common than one would have been led to believe.
Borg Like Me is a collection of essays and articles written throughout the span of Gareth Brawnyn’s career, presenting his own worldview on how we inexorably shed our wholly human makeup and gradually become infused with the machines we surround ourselves with.
Strata is a hard science fiction novella released in the popular Kindle ebook format. Don’t let the words ‘hard SF’ put you off though, because unlike many of the tech/science heavy releases which focus more on ideas than character, Strata is a tale of soul, adventure and humanity, while simultaneously maintaining a scientifically possible view of the future.
There are times when reading where I come across a book that just floors me and make me rediscover a part of me that I had thought I’d lost. That revitalises and refreshes my perspective on the state of the genre and makes me fall in love with it all over again. “Lights in the Deep” by Brad R. Torgersen is one such book. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best books I have read this year.
AD 2097. Following the cataclysmic catastrophe that was the wrath of God Almighty, the Catholic Church take it upon themselves to rebuild Amerika from its ashes, gathering the poor and the huddled masses under its wing. To combat the rising tide of heretics and pagans who have festered among the ruins, the Church has established its team of Jesuit Knights, tasked to eliminate the nonbelievers for the salvation of mankind.
The tag line for the series is 'Live to fight – Fight to live'. Written and created by Susan E. Clarke and produced by iDave Productions, the premise for this series is that a few people in the world have a unique set of information locked into their DNA that they are oblivious to. They have no idea they are special, or that they have powers that could be used for the good of humankind. As usual there is a war coming and these people, once they realise they have powers deep within, will soon have to choose which side they will be on – good or evil – as the war will make them choose.
There is not much to say about the glorious genre of space opera that hasn’t been said a thousand times already. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it kind of deal, one that has served to divide the science fiction community since time immemorial, bringing them together for the brief moments when someone plays the Doctor Who theme on the PA system. This is what Alex Shvartzman and William Snee must have had in mind, when they decided to see this anthology to fruition.
Jay Wilburn is a former teacher, a brilliant science fiction author and a full-time dad with Time-Eaters being, according to his own testimony, a partly biographical tale. I don’t know if that is a good thing.