Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She' ...more
Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach (2018), one of several exceptional novellas nominated for the 2018 Nebula award, combines some intelligent and subtle world-building in the aftermath of worldwide disasters, the future version of project financing and lobbying (with lamentable similarities to our current world), and time travel to ancient Mesopotam ...more
Earth has suffered massive ecological disasters and humans are slowly re-building the ecosystems necessary for the planet’s survival. An older generation of humans, the “plague babies” grew up during the worse of the cataclysms, and some, like our protagonist, Minh, chose to get artificial limbs installed in order to navigate their complicated ...more
A very interesting novella. At the outset I felt like the worldbuilding was a bit of a combination of too much detail about some things and not enough about others. The characters, however, were quite wonderful right from the start.
About the halfway point things smoothed out for me, and once the time travel happened I loved the entire portion spent in the past. That ending though, what? I want some more please :)
CONTENT WARNING: (no actual spoilers, just a list of topics) (view spoiler)[body horror, illness (hide spoi ...more
Now we have a wonderful premise full of fantastic worldbuilding and a dedication to all the cool little details that make a rich futuristic world. Add post-plague creative prosthetics, ecological disasters, time travel with the banks calling the shots, a global giving-up on the future for a stake in ...more
This is a story with a lot of interesting elements though I wouldn’t ...more
Read for the Worlds Beyond the Margins 2019 challenge ...more
Since Robson is evidently a devourer of sci-fi, this reads like a story for sci-fi devourers. The details come thick and fast at the beginning in simple enough language--habitats are "habs", "bioms" monitor health, "whispering" is like telepathy (right?), there are "bots" helping out around the peach orchard, the protagonist has six legs--to name a few! Yet the w ...more
Our main character is Minh, pictured in the amazing cover art, is a "plague baby", one of a generation of humans born into incredible hardship. In Minh's case she has no lower limbs and uses an octopus-like prosthesis. Her partner is another plague baby ...more
Another rather good novella, this time featuring a future where Earth has suffered a devastating ecological disaster and humans are trying to re-built/re-generate the planet. The vision Robson gives us is intriguing, from the technology used to the different ‘classes’ of people.
The two narratives, juxtaposing the far past with the far future into recognisable worlds, work very well together, presenting such different societies, and yet when you come down to it, not that much. That was fasci ...more
This is the kind of science-fiction that makes you feel stupid. And confused. And sleepy. Mercifully, it was short.
"Minh drove into project management mode. She wanted to skim through TERN's project protocol information and then focus on further refining her work plan using whatever historical information she could get access to. But the project protocol docs were tedious, with hour upon hour of real-time content. Summarizing and scanning ahead were disabled. Worse, at the end of each doc they ...more
The year is 2267 and Earth recuperates after the environmental calamities of the previous centuries. Our protagonist, Minh is septuagenarian with six octopus-like legs. She works on projects, which should allow living on the surface once again, specializing in freshwater management. Her projects were all the hype a few decades ago, but then the time travel was discovered, and where have been floods of grants, now a d ...more
The author plunges us deep in the middle of this post apocalyptic world and it took me a while to gather my bearings. And while it’ll probably take me a long while to ever get comfortable with all the scientific terminology associated with these kinds of sci-fi books, I was able to get the general idea and emotion behind it all. The dual timeline with the current and the ancient Mesopotamian civilization was a master stroke to make us feel invested in everyone’s lives, t ...more
There's a lot to unpack in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach and I would be lying if I said that I figured out everything with my first read through. Robson doesn't tell you everything, and I appreciate that. Instead, Robson gives you the bones of the story, and you're left to flesh out the rest of it on your own. And you can't just accept everything at face value, either. There's some information you'll only clue into if you google it (or you're good at grams to pounds conversation in your he...more
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Now, I don't have the best track record when it comes to novellas, short stories and short fiction. They inevitably leave me wanting more - and not always in a good way! Having said that: I really enjoyed Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach and mostly because it was so unlike anything else I've read this year. It has elements that I'm very familiar ...more
Kelly Robson has created a unique world in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach. The concept, prosthetic limbs help create mutants who travel back in time to an early river civilization, kept my interest throughout this novella. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the world building in this story, I did not find myself too emotionally involved with the characters. With that being said, I think I will read future works by this author.
Recommended for fans of The Chronicles of St M ...more
Robson is very talented and this might just be a personal preference (and the comparison to Connie Willis's time tr ...more
This was very good!!
I'll write a longer review to explain why closer to release date!
- a character is asexual, with the word being used!
- but the way the text references it later on gives the wrong idea: being asexual does not mean not being interested in romance, asexuality and aromanticism aren't the same thing
The time travel itself seemed almost anti-climactic. Minh and her team are so focused on their mission that they don't get a lot of time to marvel at being back in ancient Mesopotamia.
This book was a human tragedy that you could see coming, although the characters didn't. Kiki, desper ...more
An ecological consulting firm gets an offer they can't refuse: a chance to travel back in time to ancient Mesopotamia and study the river when it was in it's prime, in order to gather unique data for the reclamation project.
This is very character-driven story and the main character was sufficiently many-dimensional in order for the story to work. But ...more
I was not expecting to be so invested in the inter-generational conflict in an ecological time travelling ...more