Thursday, June 25, 2020

Top ten books about remaking the future

"My latest series, The Salvation Sequence, is set in the far future after a catastrophe has scattered the human race across the stars, and sees us hunted," writes Peter F Hamilton in the Guardian. "The story follows a single goal that everyone shares, to defeat our enemy – which will finally allow us to reunite and live the life we once had. This quest for an ordinary existence is regarded as a destiny that’s worth fighting for."

Hamilton tagged ten top "stories of remaking the future that contain hope – or at least stability," including:
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The human fascination for a fresh start on a new world is given a new twist in Tchaikovsky’s trademark other-view style. The exoplanet in question is terraformed by a project that accidently goes … horribly right? We get to see a world with one of the most definitive alien civilisations that’s been written about, growing from the humblest of origins into a world that humans want for themselves. The conflict arising from this paradise-denied set-up is decided with imaginative non-human resolution.
Read about another entry on Hamilton's list.

Children of Time is among Gareth L. Powell's top ten spaceships in fiction and Spencer Ellsworth’s five top works of SF that turn weird bug behavior into great fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue