Novel

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Upriver, Downriver by Aaron Ward

The novel “Upriver, Downriver” by Aaron Ward was published for the first time in 2016.

In a secluded valley a community survives thanks off hunting, fishing and farming. The main threat to the inhabitants is a drought that has been ongoing for some years so everyone is hoping to have some rain at last. It’s one of the changes that occurred in a number of years following the birth of children with strange mutations.

The community’s inhabitants are strictly forbidden from goin gout of the boundaries defined generations before. When two distinct groups of foreigners arrive in the valley, the inhabitants’ reactions range from curiosity to suspicion. They bring advanced technology but some people are suspicious of the reasons behind their arrival.

Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey

The novel “Caliban’s War” by James S.A. Corey was published for the first time in 2012. It’s the second book in the Expanse series and follows “Leviathan Wakes”.

On Ganymede there’s a tense truce between the United Nations and Mars but a battle breaks out when a monstrous creature kills Marines of both armies in service on Jupiter’s moon. Martian Marine gunnery sergeant Roberta “Bobbie” Draper is the only survivor and must testify about what happened but ends up embroiled in political games which lead her to work for the United Nations Assistant Undersecretary of Executive Administration Chrisjen Avasarala.

Jim Holden and the crew of the former Martian fleet spaceship Rocinante are patrolling a space area on behalf of the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA). When they are alerted that something’s going on Ganymede they go to investigate and find that the situation is plummeting. They meet the botanist Praxidike “Prax” Meng, whose daughter has been kidnapped in strange circumstances and with him they discover that someone conducted experiments with the alien protomolecule.

The Trouble With Tycho by Clifford D. Simak (Italian edition)

The novel “The Trouble With Tycho” by Clifford D. Simak was published for the first time in 1960 in the magazine “Amazing Science Fiction” and in 1961 as a book.

Chris Jackson is a lunar prospector who lives in hardship looking for the rare lichens present in an area of ​​the Moon. The meeting with Amelia Thompson could change his outlook because the girl wants to finish a deed started by her brother but that means venturing into the crater Tycho, where many people have already died, creating a really sinister reputation.

Chris Jackson would rather not risk his life staying away from the crater Tycho but the situation changes when he gets hired as a guide to a scientist who wants to solve the mystery. The risk is huge but the result could be the discovery of the secrets of the lichens, the lunar life form known as hounds and more.

The Kif Strike Back by C.J. Cherryh (Italian Edition)

The novel “The Kif Strike Back” by C.J. Cherryh was published for the first time in 1985. It’s the third novel of the Chanur series and follows “Chanur’s Venture”.

Pyanfar Chanur ended up in the middle of a feud between two hakkikts, two leaders of the kif species. The result is that her niece Hilfy and the human Tully were taken hostage and her number one priority is rescue them. It’s just the latest problem for the captain of the space freighter “The Pride of Chanur”, less and less engaged in trade and more and more in political problems.

The only relief reason for Pyanfar Chanur is the fact that her husband Khym is no longer a fish out of water on the starship and on the contrary is more comfortable in political clashes being used to them after having lived many on the planet Anuurn. Any help is very welcome for Pyanfar Chanur because she made enemies among the hani and is forced to accept alliances among the kif.

City at the End of Time by Greg Bear

The novel “City at the End of Time” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 2008.

Ginny, Jack and Daniel are apparently normal persons but what could seem dreams are actually connections with a future so remote that the universe is completely different. Yet even in a hundred trillion years there are human beings, the result of a series of humanity’s rises and falls.

Jebrassy, ​​who wants to be a warrior, and Taidba, an explorer, live in this very remote future. Their connection to Ginny, Jack and Daniel involves all of them in the events that threaten the destruction of the universe. Is it possible to save those future humans from the strange entity that is destroying the universe?