October is a good month for sciency science fiction novels coming out – the pre-Christmas rush you might say. The pick of the bunch for me has to be:
Peter F Hamilton
Fight together – or die alone . . .
In the twenty-third century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia. Yet life on Earth is about to change, forever. Feriton Kane’s investigative team has discovered the worst threat ever to face mankind – and we’ve almost no time to fight back. The supposedly benign Olyix plan to harvest humanity, in order to carry us to their god at the end of the universe. And as their agents conclude schemes down on earth, vast warships converge above to gather this cargo.
Some factions push for humanity to flee, to live in hiding amongst the stars – although only a chosen few would make it out in time. But others refuse to break before the storm. As disaster looms, animosities must be set aside to focus on just one goal: wiping this enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means preparing for a future this generation will never see.
Salvation Lost is the second book in the Salvation Sequence by Peter F. Hamilton
The first book in the series, Salvation, expounded on the effects of a certain of travelling between planets, moons, asteroids and stars. As well interesting advantages it had limitations. The consequence was the development of humanity in a way that readers have not seen before. And aliens have sat up and taken notice. They have come along and interfered with the way humanity is heading.
From the blurb the second book takes up where the first left off. There were five flawed heroes in the first book. They were still around at the end of the story. I suspect their stories will be extended. Each majors in a different virtue:
- Yuri Alster – fortitude
- Callum Hepburn – compassion
- Alik Monday – resolution
- Kandara Martinez – strength
- Jessika Mye – for guidance
This alone promises to make Salvation Lost have multiple foci of interest, each of which I can concentrate on depending on which mood I happen to be in. It will be one of those interesting mixture of ideas and reactions novels that normally promises innovative aspects, human, machine or otherwise.