Novel

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.

Rollback

In “Rollback” Dr. Sarah Halifax is the scientist who in 2010 manages to decipher an alien message arrived from the Sigma Draconis system and gives her contribution to create an answer that is sent to the aliens, who unfortunately live almost nineteen light years from Earth.