Novel

A blog about a novel

The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (Italian edition)

The novel “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells was published for the first time in 1895. It’s freely available on Project Gutenberg’s website.

The Time Traveller tells his friends that he has built a machine that can travel in time as if it were a space-like dimension. He’s not believed but a few days later he arrives to a dinner at his home with very messy clothes, various wounds and looking very upset.

His friends ask the Time Traveller what happened to him and he starts telling the story of his journey in the year 802,701, made thanks to the machine he invented. At that time so far in the future he met little human beings called the Eloi, who spend their time playing, but also the Morlock, ape-like creatures who live in the underground.

2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke (Italian edition)

The novel “2010: Odyssey Two” by Arthur C. Clarke was published for the first time in 1982. It’s the second book of the Odyssey series in space and the sequel to “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Nine years have passed since the Discovery spaceship’s disaster and on Earth no one yet knows what really happened. The observations indicate that its orbit has become unstable with the prospect that it might falls to Jupiter. Its destruction would mean losing any hope of finding out what happened to the expedition.

For the USA it’s impossible to set up a rescue mission that could arrive in time while the USSR has already been setting one up for some time. Heywood Floyd and Dr. Chandra, the creator of HAL 9000, leave on the spaceship Leonov to Jupiter, where the Discovery is waiting for them but also the version of the monolith larger than that discovered on the Moon.

The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad

The novel “The Iron Dream” by Norman Spinrad was published for the first time in 1972. It won the Prix Tour-Apollo Award.

Adolf Hitler emigrated to the USA after the end of World War I and there he began working as an illustrator for science fiction magazines. After a few years he became a writer and his 1953 novel “The Lord of the Swastika” won the Hugo Prize, a posthumous recognition since Hitler died shortly after its publication.

The novel “The Lord of the Swastika” is set in a post-atomic future where the world is mostly radioactive. The survivors rebuilt at least partially the human civilization but their descendants are mostly mutant. Feric Jaggar is a Trueman born in the Republic of Heldon but his family was exiled. As an adult he returns to his homeland but realizes that the Dominators are in power so he begins a political activity to make Heldon great again by getting rid of the mutants.

Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick (Italian edition)

The novel “Stations of the Tide” by Michael Swanwick was published for the first time between 1990 and 1991 in two parts in the magazine “Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine” and in 1991 as a book. It won the Nebula Award as best novel of the year.

The bureaucrat was sent to Miranda to capture Gregorian, a native who studied on other planets and brought banned technologies to Miranda, a world in quarantine. This on the eve of a series of strong climatic changes due to the planet’s particular astronomical configuration that will lead it to being almost completely submerged by its waters.

The bureaucrat’s investigation is complicated by a number of factors such as the unique culture that has developed on the planet Miranda. Gregorian is a magician who promises to transform the natives into creatures that can live in the ocean. To find him, one needs to understand him and the bureaucrat looks for his family and the people who studied magic with him, ending up in a relationship with a witch.

The Islanders by Christopher Priest

The novel “The Islanders” by Christopher Priest was published for first the first time in 2011. It won the BSFA and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award as the best novel of the year. It’s part of the Dream Archipelago series.

The Dream Archipelago includes a large number of islands scattered across a vast territory, so much that the term archipelago is actually improper. The islands form a kind of federation that is neutral in the ongoing war but those regularly inhabited retain a large degree of autonomy.

Within the Dream Archipelago there are groups of islands with strong bonds, others are practically uninhabited and in the inhabited ones there are many languages ​​and cultures. You can see these differences also in various arts but tragic events such as the murder of an artist can be difficult to investigate when there are involved people from different islands with different cultures and languages.