Category Archives: Danny Adams

Future Americas edited by John Hellers and Martin H. Greenberg

Future Americas Cover

ISBN-13: 978-0756405083
ISBN-10: 0756405084
Publisher: DAW
Pub. date: June 2008
$7.99, 320 pages,
paperback

Reviewed by Danny Adams

[Editor’s Note: The following review was originally written for the October 2008 issue of Some Fantastic, which was never published. This marks its initial publication.]

Cory Doctorow has made a point of explaining his stories by saying that he doesn’t predict the future — he predicts the present. He wasn’t necessarily following any slippery slopes to someday conclusions, but rather extrapolating all of the potential consequences for things happening right now. While most of the stories in Future Americas aren’t quite that immediate, many if not most do take that next logical step. If you can genetically tailor your children, what happens if the child still doesn’t meet the standard you wanted? Are there alternatives to burial in an environmentally-challenged land? Is forensics becoming too technical at the expense of human instinct?

Continue reading

Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

Zoe's Tale Cover

ISBN-13: 978-0765316981
ISBN-10: 0765316986
Publisher: Tor Books
Pub. date: Aug. 2008
$24.95, 335 pages,
hardcover

Reviewed by Danny Adams

[Editor’s Note: The following review was originally written for the October 2008 issue of Some Fantastic, which was never published. This marks its initial publication.]

When I was first given the opportunity to read Zoe’s Tale, I had bought a copy of Old Man’s War just weeks before but hadn’t yet started reading it. And after some thought, I decided I wouldn’t read OMW — at least not yet. I realized that I would be missing out on a lot of substance and nuance from Scalzi’s universe if I skipped ahead to Zoe herself, but I’d heard that Zoe’s Tale worked as a standalone novel. So, I grew curious to judge that for myself.  The review that follows thus is written from the perspective of someone who really doesn’t know what the heck was going on before (aside from generalities from the world of OMW) but nevertheless discovered that Zoe’s was a good read in itself without its predecessors after all.

Continue reading