Earth in 2040 is on the brink of environmental disaster. International controls affect everything from who can travel by air to who can start a family. Meanwhile the rift between science and religion is growing as some turn to technology for answers, while others blame it for the catastrophe. And for biological engineer Max Lowrie, whose efforts to see evolution taught in schools have led to him receiving death threats, the fact his wife’s staunchly religious family also see him as the enemy only adds to the strain. So when Max gets the job offer of a lifetime it’s hard to say no. He’ll be halfway around the world, safe from any danger, and he and Gillian will be able to get the treatments they need to start a family. The only problem is the project. It’s supposed to pave the way for humanity’s future: self-replicating machines that can mine materials from the harshest environments at no cost, opening up as yet unheard of resources in the sea, on land, and ultimately on the Moon. Everyone seems confident that the machines will be easy to control, but Max isn’t so sure… WILLIAM MITCHELL works as an aeronautical engineer. He writes horror and science fiction, and has published several short stories. He lives in East Sussex with his wife and two children.
|Publisher:||Cosmic Egg Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Hailing from London, Will Mitchell is an aeronautical engineer. He writes horror and science fiction, and has published several short stories. He lives in East Sussex with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed Creations, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction. Broadly, the book is set in the near future and explores the role religion and technology play in a world that has faced some serious environmental issues. The ending of the book is a fantastic "That was set up all along and I should have seen it coming", and leaves you intrigued about where a sequel could go. The plot is clean, the characters fairly well developed and relatable, and importantly in a near-future sci-fi, the world is believable. I dislike sci-fi books that throw out wild technologies that violate basic engineering principles or physics, and it is clear the author understands technology well enough that he doesn't make any leaps that seem totally impossible. The author does a thorough job explaining the technologies, making the book accessible to everyone. he book is an easy and fast read, I finished it in three short evenings of reading. I will admit the end of part 1 (there are 2 parts) starts to drag, but part 2 absolutely flies. As I suggested above the author does a good job explaining many of the advanced technologies he introduces, most of it coming in the first part of the book. I think one of the reasons I felt it dragged a bit in part 1 is that I'm an engineer and avid sci-fi fan, so I was already familiar with much of the future tech Mitchell is trying to explain. However, part 2 more than redeems the book because we now have the technology and character development set, and Mitchell does a really good job writing a fun, gripping, action-filled ending to the book. A note for US readers - the book was written by a brit. Some of the dialogue/phases may seem just a bit off, especially since the book is set in the US, but it doesn't detract at all from the story once you get the feel for it.