Friday, October 19, 2012
Sci-Fi: Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales
Publisher: Whippleshield Books
Date: April 2012
Read: for review (disclaimer: I received my copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Reading time: 90 minutes
From GoodReads: When a nuclear war breaks out and the nations of the Earth are destroyed, it maroons a group of astronauts on the Moon. Using the "torsion field generator", they hope to find an alternate Earth that did not suffer nuclear armageddon. But once they do, how will they return home? They have one Lunar Module,. which can carry only four astronauts into lunar orbit...
My review: Interesting alternate-history premise, great writing and development. I'm reminded to some degree of Ray Bradbury. Though short, the length fits the story; this novella feels like neither a too-long short story or a too-short novel. The rather muted style was refreshing, as this could just as easily have become another flashy space adventure. Instead, Sales focuses on the characters and the history of the space program, especially how they relate to the Cold War and his alternate version of it. There's a heck of a lot pressed into relatively few pages, and I'll be interested in seeing (and reading) what comes next.