ATTRIBUTION ISBN: 9781941351291, Yugen Press, an e-book by Christine Horner.

Plot: Fundamentally, the author has attempted to set forth a story of conspiracy that really does not materialize until the end. If you have as fertile an imagination as the author, you may experience a hint gradually developing as the tale moves constantly among a newly designed global group purportedly assembled to save humanity (as a result of our constant depletion of earth’s necessary elements), past portions of American history, and the storyteller’s present position in this future society that is replete with almost every conceivable sci-fi convenience. The teller is a person who has been reassigned (demoted?) to the now deserted Old Faithful Inn that once attended to the wants and needs of the masses of visitors that arrived to view the action of now defunct ‘Old Faithful”. There is little action per se and most of her actual time seems to be spent in morose rumination and dealing with various bird-like, often dangerous, drones, many containing messages to and from a boss who never is identified.

Discussion: Although the author’s writing ability largely is above reproach, regrettably this reviewer found finishing this book a chore. I did finish reading it because not to do so is totally unfair if a review is to offered. Unfortunately, the struggle to wend one’s way through the confusing, quite unstructured, largely hidden plot (that would not have been discovered if the tale’s ending had not been completed) was a most difficult task. The basic concept is good and pertinent and possibly enjoyable to devotees of dystopian presentations. However for this reader, too much material was never revealed, hidden or confusingly presented and characters never really ‘filled out’. So my sincere apologies to the author because I well may have missed something.

2* at best, apologetically for this disappointed reader’s evaluation.



Primordial Threat

Primordial Threat, a sci-fi fantasy published, copyright and written by M. A. Rothman.

Plot; Earth is facing extinction by being struck with numerous meteorites followed by being positioned directly in the path of a black hole on its way toward the sun. Literally, what is left of Earth after the rain of debris will be spun off into space to freeze or will be totally fragmented. There is only one person who possibly can save the world and he has disappeared. He had been a prominent member of the country’s most distinguished scientific research organization only to be forced out by the usual politically inclined members because of ‘impossibly insane ideas’. Fortunately, he is discovered to have been working as a miner on the moon when he returns to earth to obtain necessary materials. He is placed in charge and eventually, with a remarkable team of scientists and help from a most prominent North Korean whom he knew as a close friend and fellow student in his earlier days, eventually devises a means of saving Earth by moving it into another position within the universe. The tale is peopled with numerous interesting characters ranging from military types to savants.

Discussion: The author has produced a fascinating sci-fi tale containing many features that border on that thin cutting-edge of science that many believe eventually will be actual realities. The only somewhat disconcerting feature, at least to this reader, was the slow beginning as characters were introduced and the plot actually established.

Summary: A slightly slow starting, but thoroughly intriguing story provided in an enjoyably well-paced manner.

5* Intriguing, slow starting but otherwise enjoyable, well-paced sci-fi.