Saturday, November 11, 2017

Space—the Fatal Frontier

The field of science fiction/crime fiction crossover novels is both rich and diverse, and probably deserves more attention on this page in the future. For the moment, however, let me just mention that November brings two fresh entries to this category of works: Places in the Darkness, by Chris Brookmyre (Orbit), and Artemis, by Andy Weir (Crown). I already picked up a copy of the former book, and I am very much looking forward to buying the latter soon—especially since it seems to be generating a great deal of media attention.

Earlier today, Weir—who first gained literary renown with his 2011 novel, The Martiantalked with Scott Simon on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday program about his heist-and-conspiracy-on-Earth’s-moon yarn, Artemis. He’d previously answered questions about it from Wired magazine, and had explained to Business Insider why it made more sense to set his “wildly entertaining and far-fetched” second novel on the moon, rather than farther-off Mars.

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