A readable parallel worlds fantasy/SF, despite an obvious plothole of a journalist turning into a competent assassin overnight. A plausible description of industry journalism, a female protagonist, a romance with a tall blonde Roland.
Капиталистическое решение “проблемы Трудно быть богом“: не вывозить художников и учёных, погрязших в Средних Веках, а разработать экономическую программу замены оных веков на промышленную революцию через отдельно взятую компанию на основе изученного в Гарварде.
Microserfs for the Google generation with harrypotterish fantasy thrown in.
NB: I am a bit thrown off by a casual mention of a “Foundation for Women in Art” “organised for tax purposes” (= evasion) by a supposedly benign character.
The eminent contemporary SF writer K.S. Robinson books are more miss (The Years of Rice and Salt, 2312) than hit (Mars trilogy, Science in the Capital trilogy) for me. But the hits are so good, that I’m willing to try anything by him. His latest book about a generation ship, “Aurora” is a sort of hit, just like Galileo’s dream.
“Aurora” falls in a SF Goldilocks zone. It has just enough action, just enough details, just enough of plot twists, just enough of diverse real world science to be educating as well as entertaining. The unusual narrator is a plus, as wells as a female protagonist, Freya, and her mother, Devi, who is “the closest the ship had to a captain.” The protagonist doesn’t have a classical love interest, which is also a plus in my opinion. If a cannot warm up to a sketchy, pessimistic Devi that never develops any deep relationships, it probably reflects my indoctrinated mind.
Via FreelanceWriting.com’s eNewsletter I found out about SciPhi Journal, which combines two of my hobbies, science fiction and philosophy.
Just as I was despairing that the modern SF lost the philosophical depth of Bradbury’s, Le Guin’s and Strugatskys’ works. I also despaired that “the Kindle revolution” is selecting for fast writing authors who churn out multiple sequels of mediocre quality.
In theory, magazines like this (selective acceptance, reader revenue based, paying the authors) can start a new Golden Era of SF just as the 1930s pulp fiction American magazines gave us SF classics.
P.S. I must declare a conflict of interests: I am submitting my short story to the magazine. However, I bought N3 and overall quality is good. I liked a story by Mark Andrew Edward so much that I started looking for his other work.