Just imagine. Stories of wander… of alternative futures… of space travel and time travel… of alien invasion and mind control… of galactic wars and galactic peace… of amazing beings, robots and clones.
A man named Shaun Reed awakens, trapped in a utopia like resort, with no memory of his past or who he is. The only clue as to why he's there is a cryptic message left for him by the dreamers. Shaun pushes the limits of his paradise/prison as he travels a road of self-discovery.
The essential appeal of the story is that the lead character is not in control. The truth seems reachable but never quite attainable. This theme is underpinned by Shaun's own psychological struggle as his memories and feelings return to him. Freedom Beach is a short, much forgotten, surreal novel from the 1980's. The two authors, early in their careers, came together to write a memorable novel that reached out to me when I was young and still absorbs me each time I read it. I highly recommend it.
"And suddenly, without any reason, without any certainty of her success, she felt wonderful. Patricia Luisa Vasquez existed in a bubble of joy, independent of all that had gone before, not caring what would come after. She had never experienced anything like it. It had neither confidence nor euphoria in its character; it simply was an appreciation of all she had experienced, and would experience, a fulfilment of the compulsion she had had since childhood not to be normal. Not to live a normal existence, but to subject herself to the most extraordinary experiences she could possible have. The world being what it was, she had long since decided she would have to create those extraordinary conditions in her head. And then, the world turned upon itself."
Eon - Greg Bear
Stories of wander… of alternative futures… of space travel and time travel… of alien invasion and mind control… of galactic wars and galactic peace… of amazing beings, robots and clones. Stories that are romantic, insightful and have no boundaries.
The science fiction genre encourages reflection and inspires imagination. It provides a playground for our darkest thoughts as well as exploring life’s big questions. But above all else science fiction is fun!