#SciFiMonth: Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Well, in fact, there are a number of books I am really looking forward to reading, but I’ll focus on just two, for today.

HELLA by David Gerrold

Gerrold takes on a classic trope, which is centred around colonisation of the planet Hella a planet larger than life in so many ways. Hella also features gender and sexual fluidity amongst the colonists, and written in a positive light no less. Which I must say, is a refreshing take from the usual stereotypical and rigid binary characters. In other words, Hella does what science fiction does best: it uses classic sf tropes to ask important questions about contemporary society. I am so looking forward to reading his vision of this vibrant futuristic world set in such an alien landscape.

“Hella is a planet where everything is oversized–especially the ambitions of the colonists. The trees are mile-high, the dinosaur herds are huge, and the weather is extreme–so extreme, the colonists have to migrate twice a year to escape the blistering heat of summer and the atmosphere-freezing cold of winter. Kyle is a neuro-atypical young man, emotionally challenged, but with an implant that gives him real-time access to the colony’s computer network, making him a very misunderstood savant. When an overburdened starship arrives, he becomes the link between the established colonists and the refugees from a ravaged Earth. The Hella colony is barely self-sufficient. Can it stand the strain of a thousand new arrivals, bringing with them the same kinds of problems they thought they were fleeing? Despite the dangers to himself and his family, Kyle is in the middle of everything–in possession of the most dangerous secret of all. Will he be caught in a growing political conspiracy? Will his reawakened emotions overwhelm his rationality? Or will he be able to use his unique ability to prevent disaster?”

About the author

David Gerrold has been writing professionally for half a century. He created the tribbles for Star Trek and the Sleestaks for Land Of The Lost. His most famous novel is The Man Who Folded Himself. His semi-autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, and was the basis for the 2007 movie starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet.

David Gerrold
June 16 2020, DAW Books
Hardcover, 448 pages

THE CHIMERA CODE by Wayne Santos

Hailed as futuristic cyberpunk featuring magic and a very unusual character who is not only non-binary, but a cloned mage. What? I was beside myself trying to work out just how Wayne Santos managed to come up with such an idea, but nonetheless, was utterly hooked by the whole premise. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to read this one?

“If you need something done, they’re the best: a tough, resourceful mage, a lab-created genderless hacker and a cyborg with a big gun. But when they’re hired by a virtual construct to destroy the other copies of himself, and the down payment is a new magical skill, Cloke knows this job is going to be a league harder than anything they’ve ever done.”

About the Author

Over the years, Wayne Santos has written copy for advertising agencies, scripts for television, and articles for magazines. He’s lived in Canada, Thailand and Singapore, traveling to many countries around South East Asia. His first love has always been science fiction and fantasy, and while he regularly engaged with it in novels, comics, anime and video games, it wasn’t until 1996, with his first short story in the Canadian speculative fiction magazine On Spec that he aimed towards becoming a novelist. He now lives in Canada, in Hamilton, ON with his wife. When he’s not writing, he is likely to be found reading, playing video games, watching anime, or trying to calm his cat down.

Wayne Santos
Nov 10 2020, Solaris
Paperback, 500 pages

8 comments on “#SciFiMonth: Books I Can’t Wait to Read

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    Hella had some really great ideas and themes. Overall some things didn’t work for me, but i did enjoy parts of it. And The Chimera Code sounds awesome!

    • Alex

      Oh, that’s good to know. I really want to see how he deals with the social aspects as well as the world building. We need more like this, more inclusive writing as well as thinking. I’ll probably still give it a go and see for myself. And yeah, THE CHIMERA CODE looks as interesting too.

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    Ooooo, I haven’t heard of either of these before. And Hella sounds right up my alley …
    Thank you for raising my awareness! 😃

    • Alex

      Hey, only to happy to share new finds with everyone too, Mayri. And look forward to reading your thoughts if you get around to reading either!

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    Both sound like good finds!

    • Alex

      Definitely different from the usual norms, that’s why I’d like to give them a go. I’m open to possibilities and new turf for a change, whatever planet that might be. 😀

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    Hell yeah! I’ll probably only be able to get to these next year but they are weighing heavy ob my tbr as well

    • Alex

      They’ve both been on my radar a while, but yeah, it’s not always easy to get around to reading everything. I hope you manage at least one.

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