Jeff Carlson is the author of Plague Year, Plague War (a finalist for the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award), and Plague Zone. To date, his work has been translated into fourteen languages. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in a number of top venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Boys’ Life, Strange Horizons and the Fast Forward 2 anthology. His latest book, The Frozen Sky, is available as an eBook.
Aliens, Spaceships and The Frozen Sky
I’m fourth generation sf/f. My great-grandmother built her library around Frank L. Baum’s Oz series, the original fantasy epic. She passed those beautiful hardcovers to her son, my grandfather, who kept them alongside “Doc” E.E. Smith novels such as Triplanetary and Galactic Patrol, which were the cutting edge in his time.
Later, when I was a boy, my grandfather introduced me to the world’s first media tie-ins like Han Solo’s Revenge and Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye. This was not a man who sneered at popular good fun. He entranced me with Star Wars books, then fed my new addiction with the classics.
At the same time, my father was bringing home doorstoppers like The Hobbit and Clan Of The Cave Bear, which reads very much like alt history with strange people in a strange world.
My point is I know a good piece of science fiction when I see it. Tell me this doesn’t fit the bill:
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