Friday, June 22, 2012

The Void - by Brett J. Talley - Excellent mashup of SF and Horror

5 of 5 Stars

Brett J. Tally is a name I was not familiar with prior to reading The Void, now he's a writer I won't soon forget.

The Void is a wonderful combination of Science Fiction and Horror that manages to do justice to both genres.

The year is 2159 and interstellar travel has become commonplace, but it's not without a toll on the traveler.  First you need to make your way to the edge of the solar system before going to warp, which actually bends the fabric of space to get you to your destination rather quickly.  The catch is, the travelers cannot enter warp unless they are sleeping.  And with sleep come the dreams.  The dreams are always the same, but different for each dreamer.

In addition to the dreams, there are safety issues to be concerned about.  There are many neuroses associated with  warp travel.  There's Braddock's Syndrome, also called sleep insanity and then there's CNF, Critical Neural Failure, where the traveler goes to sleep and never wakes up.  And yet, interstellar travel seems to be worth the risk.

The Void is filled with real people struggling with real situations (well real situations for a SF story) and was a pleasure to read.  The thing is, that the story, no matter how fantastical, is utterly believable.

The payoff for making the journey with this book is big, just what you would want from a scary Sci-Fi movie, with twists and turns and surprises to keep you guessing, right to the end.

You can purchase your own copy of The Void from JournalStone Publishing, in a variety of formats.  If you purchase in a Hardback or Paperback, you get a free eBook version, as well.

Needless to say, I highly recommend, The Void by Brett J. Talley.

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