Unfortunately, I have no photographic evidence I've met a being from another dimension.
No matter. The salmon-skinned, winged Illirin Seer, Aime Nee, wUnfortunately, I have no photographic evidence I've met a being from another dimension.
No matter. The salmon-skinned, winged Illirin Seer, Aime Nee, was out and about in Dallas, Texas, last month promoting her alter ego Laura Maisano's YA novel, Schism.
Schism proves a fun read about a mismatched pair of college students, Gabe Jones and Lea Huckley, who discover they are chasing down the same path (or should I say, portal?) toward an alternate dimension --- the realm of the Illirin, a world connected to Earth by more than the dimensional pathways known as "thinnings."
While Gabe is taking an art class as a way to fend off his grief over the loss of his fiancee and recover from memory loss, he meets Lea, a math student actively seeking a fourth dimension. After their accidental meeting, they not only discover the fourth dimension, they discover Gabe's secret --- he is Illirin, a winged inhabitant of the other realm, and one who suddenly and reluctantly gets great power thrust into his hands. Power that puts two worlds onto the cusp of interdimensional war.
The novel is a fast-paced fantasy, with plenty of romance, betrayal, and action.
It left me wanting to know more about the Illirin realm, however. Maisano touches on this new world in brief glimpses, which is appropriate given the protagonists only recently discovered it exists and that they both have ties to it.
Fortunately, this is the first book planned in a series. So, the glimpses are likely to evolve into fully formed sights. And the final pages of Schism also hint of Nee's future role, outside of book promotions.
In this near-future thriller, John Scalzi blends his fast-paced science fiction with suspense to yield a vivid world in which a portion of the human p In this near-future thriller, John Scalzi blends his fast-paced science fiction with suspense to yield a vivid world in which a portion of the human population is locked inside itself as a result of an insidious disease, known as Haden's syndrome.
Technology has advanced enough --- primarily through research for a disease cure --- those who suffer with the disease can live virtually by integrating their consciousness into other willing (mostly) human "Integrators" or hooking into androids known as "threeps" (yes, it is an allusion to that android).
Newly minted FBI agent Chris Shane (a Haden's victim) partners with veteran Leslie Vann and the two wind up investigating Haden-related murder, following a suspect who might have been integrated with a Haden. The investigation is pretty standard, or as standard as the world Scalzi presents, given the murder suspect lives inside another human being, but only temporarily.
While transferring human conscious is a standard SF trope --- one that Scalzi explores in his Old Man's War series as well --- Scalzi does a bang-up job making the technology plausible, especially a consciousness transfer into an android. With the novel, like all good SF, or all good fiction for that matter, Scalzi puts forth the questions of "What is human? What is it to be human?" Are the threeps human? They only seem to come to life when a human consciousness occupies them. Are you fully human if you allow another consciousness to temporarily possess your mind?
Although not quite as mindbending as his Hugo-winning Redshirts, Lock In supplies you with a good mystery story wrapped in the questions of future technologies.