Transilience by Kevin Bragg
General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 17 Apr 2017
Transilience is an excellent work of futuristic detective noir. It takes place in a Bladerunneresque city on Mars, populated by a mix of humans and androids. Business is slow for Daniel Helmqvist, but first one big case then another falls in his lap. The first starts in a classic manner - a beautiful and troubled young woman approaches him with a nigh-impossible case; prove that the man convicted of a terrorist attack on earth a decade before is innocent and that the true mastermind is the most powerful woman on Mars. The second case is more morally questionable, to find who is in possession of a powerful company’s dirty little secret and end the blackmail. Little does Helmqvist know that these cases will take him outside his comfort zone and set him upon an adventure that will lead him to question what is human.
Transilience moves along at a fast pace, with plenty of a...
We Care For You by Paul Kitcatt
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
We Care for You is one of the best pieces of speculative fiction I have read. It is beautiful and thought provoking. It gives you a new appreciation of individuals we commonly ignore - the very old. There isn't “action” in the traditional sense. Instead, the novel meanders, exploring what it means to be human through various perspectives - Margaret, an elderly woman revitalized, Winifred, an artificial human who cares for Margaret, and Margaret’s son, John. Everything changes when the Helpers come to Margaret’s care home. Men and women suffering from dementia and other ills are suddenly revitalized, able to do the things they were once able to do - in particular communicate. It is a joyous event that is shadowed by the other uses helpers might be put to. It’s a fascinating read.
We Care for You is a wonderful book that shows just how com...
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date: March 1, 2016
The Life Engineered is the most marvelous and innovative science fiction novel that I've read in quite some time. Imagine a world where your nature, your evolved self determines the form your body takes and the abilities it has. Imagine a world of creation, free of conflict. This is the world inherited by the capeks, a race of sentient artificial beings. This is the world that Dagir (Day) is born into, moments before her creator/mother Yggdrasil is destroyed - an unprecedented act of murder. By nature, Dagir is both a healer and a seeker of truth, and the search for the destroyers draws her into the secrets of the past, the origin of the capeks, and the hidden remnants of humanity.
The capeks are not robots, nor are they androids replicating human emotion. They are each unique in body, personality, and function. Their design is an extension of their selve...