Sunday, July 05, 2015

Eight top revolutionary SF/F novels

"Revolution and rebellion are powerful concepts in real life and in fiction," Jeff Somers reminds us. "Science fiction and fantasy in particular offer us the opportunity to imagine revolutions both glorious and sinister, epic and underwhelming." One of Somers's top eight revolutionary SF/F novels, as shared at the B & N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog:
To Reign in Hell, by Steven Brust

Heavily inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost, Brust recreates the story of Satan’s revolt in heaven with a reimagining that casts Yahweh as merely the greatest among equals who have created a fortress of order against chaos—known as Heaven. Heaven is not impervious, however, and is destroyed several times, prompting Yahweh, who declares himself god, to propose the creation of a second stronghold: Earth. Satan, tasked with compelling angels to sacrifice themselves in order to bring Yahweh’s vision to fruition, doubts the new deity’s right to demand so much from other angels, and slowly moves towards open rebellion. For his trouble, he is cast out, forming his own third fortress against chaos: Hell.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue