First off, in response to you Aussie fans, I’ll hold off on answering any SGU-related questions until the night after it airs in your neck of the woods. Which is when exactly? October 9th? Of this year, right?
Secondly, a reminder to all of you who picked up October’s book of the month club pick: Open Your Eyes – Finish up! Discussion begins next week!
Thirdlies – allow me to announce November’s Book of the Month Club selection…
Emissaries from the Dead, by Adam-Troy Castro
From the Publisher: “Two murders have occurred on One One One, an artificial ecosystem created by the universe’s dominant AIs to house several engineered species, including a violent, sentient race of sloth-like creatures. Under order from the Diplomatic Corps, Counselor Andrea Cort has come to this cylinder world where an indentured human community hangs suspended high above a poisoned, acid atmosphere. Her assignment is to choose a suitable homicide suspect from among those who have sold their futures to escape existences even worse than this one. And no matter where the trail leads her she must do nothing to implicate the hosts, who hold the power to obliterate humankind in an instant.
But Andrea Cort is not about to hold back in her hunt for a killer. For she has nothing to lose and harbors no love for her masters or fellow indentures. And she herself has felt the terrible exhilaration of taking life . . . . “
What the critics say…
Science Fiction Weekly: “A brilliantly executed novel, fully successful as both science fiction and murder mystery. . Emissaries is a dark and moody novel, featuring a disturbed and misanthropic protagonist with a tragic past . Powerfully compelling . One of the best science fiction novels of the year so far.”
Locus: “With its creepy background and complex plot, Emissaries from the Dead offers an intriguing combination of SF and detective story, spiced with moments of danger that raise the perils of cliff-hanging an exponential level.”
Sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun. Discussion the week of November 9, 2009 with author Adam-Troy Castro.
Fourthly, if you’re looking for a good book might I recommend the following literary highlights of my September:
I knew absolutely nothing about this novel going in but ended up thoroughly mesmerized by this period tale about a lonely woman of means who volunteers her time at a notorious women’s prison in turn-of-the-century London. The narrative conveys the precise elegance of Victorian literature while delivering a level of suspense and suggestiveness unequivocally contemporary in its sophistication. I’d love to tell you more about the actual story, but rather than risk giving anything away, I’ll leave it for you to discover. Suffice it to say it’s been a while since a book really surprised me – and, boy, did this one surprise me.
The Margarets, by Sheri S. Tepper
The author of the exceptional SF classic Grass is in fine, mind-boggling form in this wondrously complex but infinitely rewarding novel that focuses on Margaret Bain, the young daughter of Mars colonists, who may be humanity’s only hope to avoid destruction at the hands of a scheming alien race. Check that. “They” may be humanity’s only “hopes” as, there’s more than one Margaret. With eac key decision made, Margaret branches off, unknowingly generating alternate selves who end up immersed in the tangled and turbulent cultural and socio-political network of colonized space. Tepper hopscotches between the various Margarets – one a Queen, another a spy, another a shaman – developing their individual characters and stories, before ultimately bringing them together in an unexpected but satisfying conclusion.
Fourthly – I failed to approve a comment for the first time in a long while today. The poster started off by informing me that she had a post modded at Gateworld and was in the process of uploading her anti-SGU harangue all over the net – including, I guess, my blog. Well, not really because the rant was so obnoxious, I deleted it. Just so we’re clear (although 99.999% already know this and have been most respectful in stating your opinions)… Feel free to continue posting your comments about the SGU premiere. Liked it or loved it? Tell me why. Didn’t like it or have mixed feelings about what you saw? Would love to hear your critique. As long as you’re not a jerk about it, your comment will be approved.
Fifthly…um, I guess that’s it. Last day of Subversion tomorrow, off Tuesday, and then it’s all Incursion I and II until wrap!