As a resident of New Mexico, I was attracted to this title since it contained some elements of reality concerning our state. We do have a Hispanic femAs a resident of New Mexico, I was attracted to this title since it contained some elements of reality concerning our state. We do have a Hispanic female governor, although she is a Republican, not a Democrat, and of course, the Roswell incident and alien encounters are a major part of local folklore.
Unfortunately, this is one of those volumes that seems to be all set up for much more complex plotting to come. We are introduced to some intriguing characters, and some interesting concepts, and we get a detailed history of alien abduction, but none of this is done with any real forward momentum. It's this aspect that keeps me from thinking that this series would be worth my time. It's just too slow and deliberate to keep me interested. ...more
Writer J. Michael Straczynski gives some added emotional and intellectual depth to this above average FF saga. There is also some nice humor here as sWriter J. Michael Straczynski gives some added emotional and intellectual depth to this above average FF saga. There is also some nice humor here as social services shows up to determine whether or not their home is a safe environment in which to raise children, and Ben gets a financial windfall. I enjoyed the idea of trying to replicate the original space flight that gave the FF their powers, and Reed's quest for knowledge gave the story some weight. Nicely done all around, with a good mix of action, drama, humor, and philosophy. ...more
This book is a collection of thirteen short science fiction stories written by Peck for various magazines between 1969 and 1979. Most of the stories hThis book is a collection of thirteen short science fiction stories written by Peck for various magazines between 1969 and 1979. Most of the stories have a similar structure in that Peck sets up a situation that is not fully explained until the very end, usually through a clever twist. These stories deal with many familiar issues of the 1970s, including overpopulation, pollution, women's rights, and the decay of society. However, the stories are never preachy, and often contain a sly, if sometimes dark, sense of humor. Some of the best stories include "A Slight Detour" which provides a tense and funny explanation for how the Chicago Fire really started, and two stories about City, a non-so Utopian Urban future in "Gauntlet" and "Deliveryman." His bleakest and most frightening story is "Commuter Special" about a future in which commuter trains are also used for population control. If you are a fan of TV shows like "Twilight Zone" or "The Outer Limits" you'd probably enjoy most of these tales. However, I have to say I didn't care for the final two stories in the book, "Re-porter" and "Take a Number." Both are pretty wacky, and seem out of place with the rest of the book. "Re-porter" has some clever wordplay, but comes off as nonsensical. "Take a Number," contains even more humorous wordplay, but a least makes a bit more sense. Despite these last two stories, any science fiction fan should enjoy this solid collection. Recommended. ...more
This is a steampunk adventure set in an 1979 Seattle, in which an accident involving a giant mobile mining drill machine has unleashed a poisonous gasThis is a steampunk adventure set in an 1979 Seattle, in which an accident involving a giant mobile mining drill machine has unleashed a poisonous gas that turns people into zombies or "rotters." This book has it all: steampunk inventions, an ominous walled city, airships, the living dead, a strong-willed, ahead-of-her-time heroine, an evil masked villian, and lots of action. With all this pulpy goodness, I expected to love this book, but it just turned out okay. Why? I think mostly because the heroine keeps her motivations hidden for most of the book, and the other main character, her son Zeke, is very poorly drawn and kind of an idiot. He's supposed to be 15, but comes off more like 6 at times. Also, the book feels like a young adult novel but has moments of extreme glop and gore. Who was this aimed at? Also, what's the deal with the brown typeface? It's extremely hard to get used too, and while intended to be stylish, its just seems unnecessary. I've heard Priest's other books in this series are better, and there is enough good and promising here that I might still give them a try, but this somehow misses the mark for me. ...more