The sci-fi world is biggest that the real world, so in this opportunity, I bring you a summary of one the best science fiction books of the year. I hope you like and help you to find a book that will bring imaginative and futuristic literature into your reading list.
Semiosis is evocative of first-contact stories. It opens a human colonial expedition which left Earth in the 2060s and is headed for a distant star. Agitated by ecological degradation and war on Earth, their mission was to hit the reset button for humanity on a virgin world.
It puts an emphasis on the challenges of humans living somewhere other than Earth. Humans were not prepared to live on another planet; however, they rely on their limited resources to survive. The Earth provides an abundant but peculiar landscape, trees offer good, succulent fruit one day and poison the next, while the remnants of an alien race are found entangled in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations begin as they struggle to understand one another and confront with an unknowable alien intellect.
All the characters come to life as individuals: Burke has a keen awareness of voice and characterization. Stevland is perhaps a little too human, but it is challenging to describe true alienness that is still friendly and coherent. Semiosis is an excellent debut, and well worth checking out.
See you yesterday tells the story of Claudette “CJ” Walker and Sebastian Thomas. They are two brilliant kids who love science and one day finally develop the technology to time travel. But on July 4, CJ’s brother Calvin is shot dead by a police officer in a case of mistaken identity, and their ticket out of the Bronx and into a better school becomes CJ’s only hope at saving her brother.
The first time CJ and Sebastian attempt to travel back in time, to stop Calvin from being shot, they fail. The second time, CJ saves her brother but loses Sebastian. Next time she impedes Sebastian’s death but still loses her brother. And then, Sebastian refuses to time travel anymore.
That’s when CJ grabs her backpack and poofs herself back in time. As long as she runs down the street, the camera goes up slowly from her feet to her face and closer into her nervous eyes and look of conviction. And that’s all. That’s where the movie stops. So, according to its director, Stefon Bristol, he purposely left the ending up to interpretation. “I didn’t want the film to be wrapped up in a bow. I didn’t give a clear answer about what happened, or let you know if the brother died or not,” he says.
I totally recommend this movie, that tells the reality of the black community in the US where the police kill black people at disproportionate rates being the result of intolerance and prejudice, something as harmful and as the mistaken identity.