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A Need for Speed

Oh, look, a shiny new planet I’ll race you there!

Today’s #RRSciFiMonth topic is loosely centred on ‘speed’. Which, strangely enough, made me think of these three books:

  • THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon — This one has absolutely nothing to do with speed, dark, light, or otherwise, and is in the list because it mentions the word speed. Okay, so sue me. Why it is here, is because it’s a powerful story about what is “normal” and told in first person POV from an autistic man.
  • THE ROLLING STONES by Robert A. Heinlein — Okay, so this one isn’t so much about speed as it is about a family who wrangle their way off the Moon, and the Luna Colony, head to Mars and then, make it out as far as Saturn. And is (in part) the inspiration for the Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.” Heinlein wrote about an animal he called a ‘flat cat’ the reproduced like a tribble, long before Star Trek got to grips with its very own tribbles.
  • THE SHIP WHO SANG by Anne McCaffrey — Long before it became the next ‘big’ thing to write about ships with A.I.s. McCaffrey wrote The Ship Who Sang, back in 1969, about Helva, a cyborg. And, like The Speed of Dark by Moon, this is one of those books you have to read (IMHO) because of the subject and topic it covers. To quote: “The parents of babies with severe physical disabilities — but fully developed and exceptionally talented brains — may allow them to become “shell people” rather than be euthanized.” Just imagine having to make that choice, kill your child, or let it travel to the stars!

Okay that’s three very different books, three very different authors, that cover two very serious and one not so serious subject. What do you think?

4 Comments

    • All three feature unusual plot lines that are not really Sf in a traditional manner, but profit from being told within that genre’s context, as the author then has a great deal of wiggle room, if you know what I mean.

      I hope you try the Moon book.

  1. The Speed of Dark is something I’m drawn to. The other books sound like interesting reads as well though, nice picks!

    • Alexandra says

      though these are all clasified SF, that’s just the back drop for the author to write with a little more freedom than if writting in a different genre. And The Speed of Dark is well worth the read, to see a different perspective.

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