I’m starting a series of once a month posts to promote a science fiction that will be coming out in the following month. These novels will be of the hard-ish science fiction variety because I feel not enough is being done to promote such novels.
Why am I doing this? Well I know darned well there are tsunamis of technology heading into our big wide world which we have never seen the like of before. Science fiction can and in some instances does give warning of these. I hope that these novels would help us into the future by showing us what can happen, so we are better prepared for it.
My first pick, for June 2017 is Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee Vengeance. I particularly like this is it will be about an engineer!
Half a million years in the future, on a dead, war-ravaged world at the centre of the Galaxy, there is a mile-high statue of Michael Poole.
Poole, born on Earth in the fourth millennium, was one of mankind’s most influential heroes. He was not a warrior, not an emperor. He was an engineer, a builder of wormhole transit systems. But Poole’s work would ultimately lead to a vast and destructive conflict, a million-year war between humanity and the enigmatic, powerful aliens known as the Xeelee.
The Xeelee won, but at a huge cost. And, defeated in a greater war, the Xeelee eventually fled the universe. Most of them.
A handful were left behind, equipped with time travel capabilities, their task to tidy up: to reorder history more to the Xeelee’s liking. That million-year war with humankind was one blemish. It had to be erased. And in order to do that, a lone Xeelee was sent back in time to remove Michael Poole from history . . .
Baxter conceived of the Xeelee while hobby writing a short story in the summer of 1986, incorporating powerful off-stage aliens to explain the story’s titular artifact (published in Interzone in 1987 as “The Xeelee Flower” in 1987). He went on to expand on the back story that had as its main premise: a universe full of intelligent species that live in the shadow of the incomprehensible and god-like Xeelee.
He has since published a whole series of Xeelee stories. As of September 2015 the series is composed of 7 novels and 52 short stories.