Novel

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The Star of Life by Edmond Moore Hamilton (Italian edition)

The novel “The Star of Life” by Edmond Moore Hamilton was published for the first time in 1959.

Kirk Hammond is an astronaut engaged in a space mission on a spacecraft that in theory is perfect. However, something goes wrong and there’s no hope for him but only the prospect of returning to Earth’s atmosphere after he’s run out of oxygen. Desperate, he exposes himself to the cold space to hibernate in the hope of waking up again.

When the spacecraft returns to Earth, Kirk Hammond awakens from hibernation but discovers a world quite different from the one he left behind. He discovers that millennia have passed since he left and the Earth is dominated by the Vramen, descendants of human beings who have become immortal.

Almost Perfect by James Goss

The novel “Almost Perfect” by James Goss was published for the first time in 2008.

Emma Webster is a young woman who can’t find the right man, even by trying speed dating. One evening, while she’s jogging, she sees on the beach a woman in a state of unconsciousness who has in her hands a strange device. When Emma takes it, it starts talking to her telepathically promising to improve her life.

Ianto Jones wakes up and discovers that he has turned into a woman but can’t remember how it happened. Captain Jack Harkness gives Ianto an anti-retcon pill to try to stimulate his memory and shed light on his transformation. In the meantime, together with Gwen Cooper, he starts investigating a ferry incident with its passengers not remembering anything that happened. As if this weren’t enough, Gwen is called by a former colleague of the Police who tells her about the finding of a skeleton in strange circumstances.

The novel “The World of the Starwolves” by Edmond Moore Hamilton was published for the first time in 1968. It’s the third book of the Starwolf trilogy and the sequel to “The Closed Worlds”.

John Dilullo is enjoying life in his hometown Brindisi after having been a mercenary for decades when Morgan Chane arrives and proposes to recover priceless gems known as the Singing Suns. To Dilullo the idea seems crazy because Starwolves stole them, the fiercest pirates in space.

Morgan Chane explains to Dilullo that the Suns are not on Varna, the Starwolves’ homeworld, because they’re not interested in art but rather in their value so they’ll sell them separately. Dilullo gets convinced to try a last mission before retiring for good but it will prove far more complex than expected.

The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata

The novel “The Red: First Light” by Linda Nagata was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the first book of The Red trilogy.

Lieutenant James Shelley is in command of an American army team serving in the African Sahel. There he works as a patrol to protect local civilians from insurgents in a local civil war in which the US intervened. To achieve the objectives, the soldiers are equipped with very sophisticated tools, not only weapons and protections but also systems that keep them connected among them and with their superiors to coordinate at best and always be updated on possible dangers.

No technology, no matter how sophisticated, can make sure that a soldier will not be killed during a fight so James Shelley always keeps his attention to the maximum levels to try to keep himself and his team members alive. To assist him there’s a sixth sense that seems to inform him of the dangers more efficiently than any instrument to the point that his superiors start paying attention to it to figure out if there’s someone behind it.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

The novel “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders was published for the first time in 2016. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel, the IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

Patricia is still a child when she starts talking to birds but she can’t control her magic skills. Laurence invented advanced equipment since his childhood and in time creates an artificial intelligence. Patricia and Laurence meet for the first time in the junior high school they attend, where they’re considered the two weirdest students.

Patricia and Laurence’s paths get separated, also because of the decisions of their idiotic parents. They meet again years later when she’s become a witch part of a cabal and he’s part of a group of geeks who invent revolutionary devices. Despite their differences, events bring them closer.