Review

From Ice to Ashes by Rhett C. Bruno

The novel “From Ice to Ashes” by Rhett C. Bruno was published for the first time in 2017.

Kale Drayton has been a thief for most of his life but to avoid jail was forced to change his life. After being arrested following a theft, the only alternative for him was to serve on a spaceship, a difficult job for a Titanborn who must work for Earther superiors.

When his mother falls ill and needs an expensive treatment, Kale Drayton has to get the money in any way. Kepping his job on the spacship wouldn’t make sense but a mysterious contact offers to pay for his mother’s care if he will load a program into the spacship’s computer.

The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards

The novel “The Resurrection Casket” by Justin Richards was published for the first time in 2006.

The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler are traveling in the Tardis when they’re forced to land by a strange anomaly that knocks out the Tardis systems. The two travelers find themselves on the planet Starfall, where no modern technology works and must wait until the Tardis fixes its own systems to be able to leave.

The Doctor and Rose discover a world whose inhabitants are in search of a legendary treasure and where steam technology was developed so much as to create robots with personality. There they get involved in the agenda of Drel McCavity, who owns the planet and is a collector of local artifacts.

The short story “Reading the Clouds” by Tendai Huchu was published for the first time in 2016.

George programmed the simulation of a universe that includes a civilization of sentient beings. It’s a very complex project and running it is even more difficult because of his disagreements with his son Jesse, who has ideas different from his father’s about the development of the simulated civilization. Interfering with a simulated world can have consequences on the real one but what’s real?

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.