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The Far Horizon Paperback – May 30, 2012
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I'd recommend it to confident readers and those who like their science fiction a little more real and a little less 'Jimmy Neutron'.
Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series
From the Author
This is a book for anyone from the age of ten and up.
When my children were in late primary school, I used to read lots to them, and one thing that used to bug me was that there is a lot of fantasy for younger readers, but hardly any science fiction that is not humorous.
I wrote this book with parents reading to their children in mind. While the subject matter can be understood by children, I've aimed--much in the way popular animated movies do--to include remarks that hint at a deeper meaning so that adults who read this book will enjoy it was well. As you can see in the reviews, this has proven to be the case.
If you've enjoyed this book, there is more. Cory Wilson, the main character of this book, will return in my very adult novel Ambassador, which will be published by Ticonderoga Publications in 2013.
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To me there has been something missing from Young Adult and Middle School science fiction for a while now. In recent years the legacy of the 1950's science fiction has been absent. The type of science fiction where we thought BIG about the future. Stories where we explored the universe with big science and big engineering, and where we thought about the big questions of Who We Are.
The Far Horizon, to me, seems to be part of that legacy. It's not big science a la Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, but it is for the Middle School reader, so the details have been scaled down, although not dumbed down. Good science fiction reminds us, as this does, that too often science fiction seems to be written by people without a strong science background, and that's like fantasy novels being written by people who don't know their mythology or a baseball story written by someone who doesn't know their sports.
If this book is anything to go by, the author likes to pack a lot of themes into her books. Parental loss, difficulties with new family members, being a stranger in a strange land are all there, and that's only the first couple of chapters. Two of the main themes, the ones that drive the plot of the story are racism and hate. I found that these might be a little harsh for the intended age of the reader, although they lend themselves perfectly to the genre.
At times I found that Cory didn't react like a 10 year old boy, his high level of maturity stretched my belief that he was only 10. But that was only occasionally, far more common were the believable situations, for example, where he might become engrossed in what he was doing, just as any 10 year old would, and forget to go home after school.