Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Seven of the scariest science fiction horror books ever written

Jeff Somers is the author of Writing Without Rules, the Avery Cates series, The Ustari Cycle, Lifers, and Chum (among many other books) and numerous short stories.

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog he tagged seven of the scariest science fiction horror novels ever written, including:
The Last Astronaut, by David Wellington

Prolific author David Wellington’s turn to sci-fi is terrifying because the science depicted feels real enough to put you right into the thick of things. In 2034, a manned mission to Mars ends in a disaster so complete, NASA itself shuts down, and the lone survivor, Commander Sally Jansen, goes into retired exile. Two decades later, an object detected in the depths of space changes course and heads directly for Earth orbit, ignoring all attempts to make contact. The remnants of NASA are called back into service—including a reluctant, still-haunted Jansen, who agrees to take charge solely because she’s literally the only person qualified to do so. What Jansen and the crew she assembles discover when they head out to rendezvous with the object is terrifying—and changes the mission goal to simple survival.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Last Astronaut.

--Marshal Zeringue