Interstellar Renaissance December 22, 2012
By Mike Turner
I have a game with my girlfriend where we say: if you came back in your next life as a fruit, what would it be (mango); a tree (olive); an animal (a monkey); a person…that’s a hard one, and that’s the question Angus H. Day poses in the intriguing “Next You Interstellar, LLC.”
Set in cold futuristic space time, we open with Paval Arican Stevens, PAS to his pals, awaking to discover he’s actually dead and has been moribund for the last 20 years after an accident wrenched a hole in his space suit. He is astonished to discover he’s been “reborn” on the planet Cassius in the research and reconstruction hospital, his body lacking feeling and the smell of burnt meat wafting through the background like a backyard barbecue. PAS has signed a contract at some forgotten moment with a mysterious corporation – bad guys here on earth today and the bad guys throughout space and time, and now has some serious choices to make about getting himself reborn as a feeling sentient being – but what exactly?
Although we are out there on Planet Cassius, PAS faces down to earth choices and science fiction serves as a tool, for some the best tool, to work through the moral, financial, corporate and human dilemmas that exist in our world in the here and now.
An editor may have cut a few sentences, but that’s a small quibble. Angus Day has created some genuinely likeable characters, he uses contemporary language with a quickness of wit and weaves a deft plot that kept me on edge till the very end.
4.0 out of 5 stars