By Adam Roberts | May 8, 2010
I knew there was going to be a very short piece by me in today's Guardian Review about Terry Pratchett's Who-related ruminations. I knew that because I wrote the piece on Wednesday (though it doesn't appear to be online ...) What I didn't know, and didn't expect, was that the Guardian would carry the following Keith Brooke review of the mass-market paperback release of Yellow Blue Tibia:
It's a simple solution: the war is over and we need a new enemy, so ask a bunch of science fiction writers to invent an invading alien race that will spur us on to technological advance and unite the people. In thsi novel that is exactly what Stalin does in the mid-1940s. Konstantin Skvorecky is one of the writers Stalin recruited and then spurned, and one of the only survivors 40 years on. He lives a quiet life, unnoticed until the world he and his colleagues created starts to come true. What follows is a convoluted -- sometimes frsutratingly so -- puzzle of a story, continually wrongfooting the reader on a road-trip to Chernobyl in the fateful year of 1986. The novel is both thriller and mind-game, involving alternate histories, the KGB, UFOs, and even Scientology, with the author at his playful best. Putting a bunch of SF authors together to write the future wasn't really a simple solution. Nothing ever is with Roberts, who combines intellectual challenge and entertainment as few others can.
I didn't expect it because Eric Brown already reviewed the book in the paper when it came out. Still, very pleased to be double-reviewed, and so positively too!No tags for this post.