Literature

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Warren Peace by Bob Shaw

The novel “Warren Peace” by Bob Shaw was published for the first time in 1993. It’s the sequel to “Who Goes Here?”.

Warren Peace has become an Oscar and as a result is practically invulnerable. He no longer needs food or water and his new body is asexual with the consequence that very quickly he starts getting terribly bored. The other Oscars he works with are not a great company and this worsens his situation.

Even at a Galactic Jamboree, Warren Peace can enjoy nothing but when he realizes that someone is attempting an attack he intervenes promptly. Unfortunately, the object he intercepts is made of pryktonite, a substance that’s the only weak point of the Oscars. The result is that Warren regresses to the state of a normal human being becoming the target of Jeeves, the most notorious criminal in the galaxy.

The Web of Easter Island by Donald Wandrei (Italian Edition)

The novel “The Web of Easter Island” by Donald Wandrei was published for the first time in 1948.

When Willy brings home an object found in Isling’s old cemetery, his mother harshly tells him to bring it back but the kid wants to keep it. In the night, a strange fire kills Willy and drives his mother to madness. His parents die some time later in what’s officially considered an accident caused by lightning.

When Carter Graham discovers the events of Isling, he’s reminded of research he did around the world even if he can’t really see similarities. Intrigued by the existence of the mysterious object discovered by Willy, he decides to investigate and in Isling’s cemetery he discovers an artifact but during his return journey his train derails. The artifact seems lost but a trail of death offers a new trace.

The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The novel “The Long War” by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the second book of The Long Earth series and follows “The Long Earth”.

Many years after the Step Day, which marked the opening of the Long Earth frontier, humanity has expanded into many parallel universes forming a complex network of communities, sometimes even large, and fleets of airships that maintain contacts. Relationships with Datum Earth are becoming tense because the Americans who staid there want more and more money in taxes from the inhabitants of the other Earths without offering anything in return.

Many communities of Americans who settled on other Earths don’t like their government’s attitude and the pushes towards independence increase. Captain Maggie Kauffman’s mission is to remind all of them of the presence of their government. The situation is made complicated by the presence on many Earths of other intelligent species and their relationship with human beings are not always easy.

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey (Italian edition)

The novel “Cibola Burn” by James S.A. Corey was published for the first time in 2014. It’s the fourth book in the Expanse series and follows “Abaddon’s Gate”.

The portal built by the protomolecul opened a new frontier for human beings and there are those who would like anyone to be free to settle on one of the many potentially habitable planets that have become available. A group of people reach one of them and call it Ilus but some time later another expedition arrives with United Nations support and the situation becomes immediately difficult with some colonists who decide to attack the new arrivals.

To try to avoid further bloodshed, Chrisjen Avasarala and Fred Johnson reach an agreement representing the United Nations and the Outer Planets Alliance choosing Jim Holden as a mediator. When he arrives on the planet with his crew on the spaceship Rocinante, he finds an explosive situation with Adolphus Murtry, the expedition’s chief of the security, ready to kill the colonists. Things get even worse when something very ancient on the planet awakens.

The short story “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse was published for the first time in 2017. It won the Hugo, Nebula, and Apex Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards as the best short story of the year.

Jesse Turnblatt is a particular tourist guide as he offers his agency’s customers virtual tours that provide Native American experiences. A serious problem is that tourists expect what they see in movies and are disappointed if Jesse offers something different, even if more authentic. When you have a wife, a loan to pay and a boss who controls you, you just have to give your customers what they want. One day a customer shows genuine interest but the situation becomes complicated in unexpected ways.