Saturday, July 29, 2017

Science Fiction Saturday: David Marusek

Great news! David Marusek, the best science fiction writer you've never heard of it, has just published a new novel, Upon This Rock--First Contact. Here's a blurb about the book:
An epic new science fiction series about family, faith, and alien invasion in the wilds of Alaska
When a shooting star plunges through the atmosphere and touches down in the Alaska wilderness, only two earthlings are around to witness the event. But they see two utterly different things. What park ranger Jace Kuliak sees is a UFO and the arrival of a dangerous alien species from beyond the solar system. What Poppy Prophecy sees is the star called Wormwood, as recorded in Scripture, and the arrival of a an archangel of the Apocalypse.

The thing is — they’re both sorta right.
All anyone seems to know about Marusek is he lives in a cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska and he doesn't write very much. But what he writes is very good indeed. His fantastic short story, "We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy" and even better novella "The Wedding Album" brought him to the attention of the SF field. He has published two previous novels, Counting Heads and Mind Over Ship, which were stunningly imaginative, set in the same future as the story "We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy". Here's a blurb about Counting Heads:
Counting Heads is David Marusek's extraordinary launch as an SF novelist: The year is 2134, and the Information Age has given rise to the Boutique Economy in which mass production and mass consumption are rendered obsolete. Life extension therapies have increased the human lifespan by centuries. Loyal mentars (artificial intelligences) and robots do most of society's work. The Boutique Economy has made redundant ninety-nine percent of the world's fifteen billion human inhabitants. The world would be a much better place if they all simply went away.
So check him out if you have any interest in serious, well-written, challenging science fiction. All his work is available in very reasonably priced Kindle editions, including the new novel.

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