Having learned that he’s one of the mysterious and powerful Lords, Jadawin-Wolff falls into a trap laid by his father, and finds many of his siblings there already. They must fight through a multiplicity of worlds to find their way out.
2.5 stars In brief: The resolution mostly left me happy the book was over.
David has been very successful in killing Epics, the superpowered humans that appeared after Calamity appeared in the sky. So successful, in fact, that it seems someone is sending Epics to Newcago just to test out him and his crew. On a trip to the likely source, Babylon Restored, they find out more than they anticipated.
3 stars In brief: Feels like an early draft that still needs considerable polish.
A dissatisfied retired man finds a strange gateway in the basement of a house that’s for sale. Going through it, he finds a bizarre world of stacked disks on a spindle, full of danger, weird environments, and beautiful women.
2 stars In brief: A very thin plot tied together with an almost complete lack of logic.
On a planet with a complex orbit the season is again turning toward a centuries-long winter for which humans are ill-suited. The Avernus observation satellite is similarly facing changes it may not survive. As the cold increases, human societies take ever greater precautions against the Fat Death and the changes it brings.
3 stars In brief: While an improvement on its predecessors, Winter is not a strong book.
On a planet with a complex orbit and centuries-long seasons, humans dominate the warmer times, only in some places living quietly with phagors and other sentient species. Their lives are observed remotely by Earth, via the Avernus, an orbital observation station. On the station, whose occupants have their own fascination with Helliconia’s royal scandals, one resident has just won a lottery, offering him a ticket to the surface, and to certain death.
2.5 stars In brief: A slow, but still much more intimate and entertaining book than its prequel.
A world in a binary stellar system has a complex orbit with long periods of heat and cold. Inhabited by humans, near-humans, and other species, its population re-discovers science as it emerges from each long ice age – all watched by a human orbital station that shares its findings with distant Earth.
2 stars In brief: Aldiss' prose is formal, dense, and extremely dry.