Literature

The novel “Whipping Star” by Frank Herbert published in 1970 is set in a far future where human kind and other intelligent species formed a common organization called ConSentiency. The protagonist Jorj X. McKie is a saboteur extraordinary from the BuSab who is investigating the disappearance of the Calebans, one of the intelligent species who some time earlier had offered the other species the use of jumpdoors to let them travel instantly anywhere in the universe.

The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton

The novel “The Dreaming Void” by Peter F. Hamilton is the first volume of the Void trilogy, set in the same universe as Hamilton’s previous novels “Pandora’s Star” and “Judas Unchained” but more than a millennium later.

Shadrach in the Furnace by Robert Silverberg (Italian edition)

Robert Silverberg’s novel “Shadrach in the Furnace” was published for the first time in 1976. This novel is set in 2012 in a world united under a dictatorship led by Genghis II Mao IV Khan, who established his capital city in Ulan Bator.

The Eyes of Heisenberg and Whipping Star (Italian edition) by Frank Herbert

The novel “The Eyes of Heisenberg” by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in 1966.

In a far future children’s birth is strictly regulated and each individual’s DNA is manipulated right after being conceived. The products of such manipulations are divided in two reproductive classes: the Optimen, naturally sterile, and the Folks, most kept sterile through a special gas while some others are allowed to reproduce.

Harvey and Lizbeth Durant received permission to conceive a child but during the manipulation that is mandatory for a fertilized egg something unexpectedly happens. The consequence is that the Durant family ends in the middle of a power struggle that also includes the Cyborgs, who’s been trying to overthrow the Optimen’s regime for a long time.

Night Walk by Bob Shaw

“Night Walk” is the first novel published by Bob Shaw in 1967 and as it’s tipycal for this author it’s centered around an invention. In this novel we have the special glasses, an instrument that allows a blind person to see: its importance can be seen – begging your pardon for the pun – only at the end of the novel.