Tag Archives: Science Fiction

08Dec/16

Review of Coming Home Again by Scott Roche

We were delighted to have Scott Roche on the podcast very recently. To listen to his out-of-this-world interview and find out more about his work, check out Episode 078: Scott Roche – Weird On Purpose

REVIEWcominghomeagain

Doctor Max Blair is stationed at a secure government research facility when he is told to evaluate a visitor from outer space. But this is no alien. He is Captain Michael Rogers, a US Airforce pilot who was abducted in 1948. Behind the growing attraction between the two men, the government officials consider any method necessary to unlock the Captain’s secrets, thus endangering the whole planet…..

This is a well-balanced mix of science fiction and romance. First off, don’t be put off by the romance bit. Roche neatly sets up the scene in the secretive government facility and doesn’t over-simplify the science or the language. It all sounds very plausible, and he’s obviously thought of everything, from the decontamination of the visitor, some background about his captors, and explaining why he looks like he does now, without the expected accelerated atrophy of the body. I was initially reminded of the film Forever Young, but this is, dare I say it, a lot more intelligent. The growing relationship between the two leads is subtle but constant, with an undercurrent of dread for the reader that their story may not end well (no spoilers!)

The author packs a lot in 51 pages. So much so that I sense a bigger story waiting in the wings. The writing is terrific, the dialogue believable and the relationships between all the characters enjoyable to watch as they develop. Because he packs such a lot in a short space, the climax kind of hit me before I was ready for it, and it felt a little speeded up, like a 33 vinyl on 45. Also, it left a LOT of questions. What happens next? How does the Captain react to modern-day living? He falls in love with the first man he meets but what happens when he hits the streets? How is their relationship going to survive the inevitable scrutiny of government and the world media? How will the world react to the story? So many questions and I would say enough for a sequel. I really hope the author reads this and thinks about it, because this story has the potential to run and run.

 

18Mar/16

Albert Nothlit

Earthshatter

March 18, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce Albert Nothlit as the guest on episode 049: Finding Strength in Weakness!
Join us as we discuss Albert’s latest story – his first full-length novel – Earthshatter. Albert not only drops a few spoilers, but talks about world building, how culture shapes world building and genetic engineering, writing serial fiction, and his own successes with social media in marketing outside his native language.

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June 12, 2015

It gives us great pleasure to announce Albert Nothlit as the guest on episode 004: Re-Engineering Sci-Fi!
Join us as we discuss Albert’s focus on the Science Fiction and characters over the romance, and then dive into why treating LGBTQ romance the same as “mainstream” romance is so important.We then discuss the evolution of his writing, the evolution of Science Fiction, and the direction genre writing is headed.

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