Henry L Lazarus
4603 Springfield Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Science Fiction for January 2018
A satisfying conclusion to a long series, in
Fantasy and Science Fiction is as important as the first tale that
set events in motion.
Django Wexler concludes his The
Shadow Campaigns tales that use Napoleonic war technology in a world
where magical powers can be conferred by uttering the name of a
specific demon. The Beast, which has the ability to absorb other
minds, will eventually take over every human mind. It was stopped
once before in the ancient past. It has absorbed Janus bet Vhalnich
who has somehow been allowed to stay independent Queen
Raesinia Orboan goes to a kingdom previously hostile (the England to
her France) for assistance against the armies besieging her kingdom.
General Marcus D’Ivoire is intrusted with defense of the Kingdom
against the The Infernal Battalion. (Hard from Ace)Winter
Ihernglass, who has the demon capable of devouring other demons, has
to cross half the kingdom while being chased by agents of the Beast.
Very exciting and a worthy ending.
The Liaden Universe was settled by
people running from something evil in another universe. Tinsori
Light is an artificial intelligent space station that still exists
in both universes. If the intelligence fails, and it is failing,
then the Neogenesis (hard from Baen) might be destroyed.
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller wrap up the story lines of the eleven
books in the series published by Baen and save their universe at the
W. Michael Gear takes us to
the furthest Outpost (hard from DAW) in human space.
Donovan is a world humans can survive on, rich is metallic wealth.
But filled with deadly preditors. Ninety percent of the colony has
died when the Turalon , first ship in seven years arrives with a
Corporate Supervisor Kalico Aguila and five hundred new colonists.
With Marine Captain Max Taggart and his men she plans to bring
order. Talina Perez is one of the three people running the colony
after its governor died. She is recovering from a Quetzal
attack. Five other ships had never arrived. One of them,
the Freelander arrives after apparently spending over a
century in transit. Its crew all died of old age. Max and Talina
crash an airrcar on a small trip and have to survive in Donovan’s
wilderness. This is a solid look at planet filled with wonder and
danger and the first of a series. I really liked it.
Christopher Nuttall ends Emily’s
schooling in the fourteenth novel of the unnamed world that Emily
was brought by a necrormaster looking for a child of destiny.
Getting to Graduation Day (ebook from Twilight Times Books)
has been especially since her friend, Frieda, was infected with soul
magic and went nuts. Now Fulvia, matriarch of House Ashworth id
demanding Fried be turned over to her where she can be sentenced to
death. Emily may have lost her position as first girl, but she still
has friends. There’s an inquest on Frieda’s attack on another
student. Emily has to deal with the new first girl who is overusing
her power, and with the politics of the inquest while still somehow
keeping up in her courses. The series borrows from Harry Potter and
well as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. I gobble each
one when they come out.
Foodies will love Lola Dodge’s
tale of baker, Anise Wise who cannot get into any community college
because she is a witch, and they don’t allow magic users. When her
great aunt Agatha invites her to be her apprentice at the magical
bakery in Taos, she jumps at the chance. It didn’t help that her
mother had been exiled from the Vortex in Taos that gives witches
more power. Or that the previous apprentice had disappeared. But the
community of witches remember her as a baby and the community
college is happy to admit her. Unfortunately there’s a Warlock
gunning for her so she as to have a body guard, then she has to
survive several Deadly
Sweet (ebook from Ink Monster LLC) attacks. I look
forward to her second adventure.
Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible
Library series takes place in a multiverse with dragons of order
controlling one large group of worlds and the Fae of Chaos another
huge group. The Llibrary tries to stay neutral. The Dragon Queen of
the Southern Lands has set two of her subordinates on a quest
for a certain book, the winner to be promoted. Unfortunately one of
them kidnaped the daughter of a young librarian. Irene Winters
and her assistant Kai, who happens to be a Dragon, have to find the
missing librarian. The problem of The Lost Plot (paper from
ACE) is keeping the Library neutral. So they have to find the man in
a variation of Prohibition-era New York. Deal with gangsters as well
as dragons and somehow save the kidnaped daughter. This is easily
the best of the four adventures so far and loads of fun. I’m eagerly
waiting for the next adventure.
Marko Kloos’s tale of a future
soldier Andrew Grayson, now a captain and a veteran in both of the
Martian wars is an exciting tale. He and his wife Halley, both now
captains, are assigned to the new Earth ship, Ottawa with powerful
weapons designed to finally match the powerful Lanky ships
that had destroyed the Martian colony and resettled Mars with their
own people. The Ottawa is on a shake down cruise when news comes of
a colony under attack light years away. Points of Impact
(paper from 47 North) is the latest in a fun series with a Starship
The Science Fiction Society will have its next
meeting on January 5th The meeting starts at 8
p.m. at the Rotunda on the University of Pennsylvania
Campus. This is an annual election meeting and typically a hoot.
Dr. Henry Lazarus is a retired Dentist and the
author of A Cycle of Gods (Wolfsinger Publications) and Unnaturally
Female (Smashwords).Check out his unified field theory at
henrylazarus.com/utf.html that suggests a simpler way to achieve