Book Preview – The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

I like to think I’m a big science fiction fan but I tend to favor what’s probably better considered to be light science fiction. The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett is precisely the kind of light science fiction that I love. While it delves into the science and philosophy of a potential future for human kind—and how we might easily become almost entirely wiped out as a species—the real focus of the novel is the emotional side, the personal side, the human side that remains and endeavors to survive against all odds.

Jamie, like the entire human population scattered across the inhabited planets, has been at the mercy of a devastating virus that spreads quickly and leaves nothing but dust in its wake… except for those zero point zero zero zero zero one percent who somehow manage to survive and recover. The planet where she’s been living and working for a few months to hide from some personal (relationship) troubles is on the outskirts though and didn’t have a large population to begin with. Jamie’s panic lasts a few days as she makes her way to a port town and tries to send a signal to see if there are any other survivors out there. She doesn’t have to wait long and soon she has joined several others on their way to the capital planets and eventually back to Earth itself. But as survivors gather in larger and larger numbers, the underlying issues of the society that’s been wiped out prove to have survived the virus along with them. Continue reading

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Book Review – The Road by Cormac McCarthy

9780307387899_p0_v3_s260x420There are few writers’ whose styles are as instantly recognizable as Cormac McCarthy’s and it is front and center in The Road. A predominantly bleak portrait of a post-apocalyptic world, The Road is incredibly haunting even as the delicate sliver of optimism and hope maintains a dull shine throughout the novel.

It’s unclear exactly what happened to the world or when, but beyond the decimation of most of the human population, there are no animals and most of the plant growth is dead as well. The sun cannot penetrate the clouds and ash blankets the landscape like snow. As winter settles in, a man and his son slowly and carefully maneuver their way south along the road, hoping to reach the coast despite not knowing what they will find there. The man has developed a necessary wariness when it comes to the others they encounter on the road as some of those desperate to survive with food resources rapidly vanishing are willing to cross any and all lines of decency. Continue reading