Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Further: Beyond the Threshold-Chris Roberson

Further: Beyond the Threshold

Chris Roberson

47North, May 22 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9781612182438

Wayfarer One Captain Jason Ramachandra “RJ” Stone went into hibernation a few weeks after his crew. He expected to be awakened shortly in Alpha Centauri. However, when he regains consciousness from his cryogenic nap, he finds dog people barking in English. Stone soon learns that he took a twelve millennia nap. Not only are their dog people and other animal-humans hybrids, but also AIs and earth is at the center, The Human Entelechy connected by wormholes crosses three thousand light-years.

As he struggles to acclimate to a world that even science fiction had not imagined, Stone is given command of the FTL Further, the first vessel expected to break the speed of light barrier has a directive to explore a pulsar in which signs of intelligent life emulates. Instead the millennia old exiled Iron Mass cult captures him and his crew. Not only must they escape from their feral captors, Stone needs to also uncover the secret of the planet’s stone towers, which he believes is the proof he sought on his mission.

With a nod to Buck Rogers and Rip Van Winkle, this is a creative far futuristic science fiction thriller with fascinating gizmos, intriguing definition of humanity and amusing satirical anthropological errors of how the past is conceived. The “heretical” Iron Mass cultists are never fully developed beyond their belief in religion amidst a sea of atheists. Although Stone put in command of a ship is like giving Columbus command of the space shuttle, fans will enjoy

Further: Beyond the Threshold as an exciting thirty-fourth century space thrille that is fascinating and absorbing.

Harriet Klausner

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