Written by Daniel Suarez.
Narrated by Jeff Gurner.
Jon Grady has some issues that cause him to think differently than the herd. A Professor Alcott from Columbia University recognized this and took him under his wing to build a gravity mirror. Everyone thought by now we would have Mr. Fusion and Hover-boards well maybe we do and some douche bags in the BTC, Bureau of Technology Control, have them locked away for a day when we can be considered mature enough to have them. They sure didn’t like what Jon Grady made being loose.
The BTC snatches Grady and Alcott up and offer each of them a choice. Work willingly with the BTC or go to a civilized prison they have called Hibernity. This prison is where Influx really breaks some new ground using a concept I first read in a short story ‘I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’. I don’t want to drop any more spoilers.
Influx is a ground breaking, well written and narrated work of art. This one gets a five out of five. Great job Mr. Suarez.
Written by Greg Bear.
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.
On an Earth that has suffered the little death, a limited nuclear war between the US and Russia, there is an uneasy negotiated peace. Russia seems to feel sort of like the Germans did post WW 1 when the enormity of reparations and limitations imposed by the international community settled in. Well opportunity knocks here when the asteroid called the ‘potato’ arrives in Earth orbit and is found to be a starship. A starship with humans on it…or at least there were and they had Earth languages.
Led by the US, that may be for of the fiction these days, the international community minus the Russians populate the ‘potato’ and begin to unravel the mysteries of the seven chambers. The fact that it is bigger on the inside than the outside is driving a lot of them bonkers. The people in charge of the project are trying all they can to keep a lid on predictions that this Earth is about to suffer annihilation.
Excellent book with lots of subplots that I’m sure will re-surge in this series called The Way. The narration was pretty good too with Rudnicki’s vocal range. This one gets four out of five units of pleasant nerdiness. Enjoy!