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The Ripple In Space-Time Paperback – January 9, 2013
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About the Author
A lifelong Northern Californian, S F Chapman traded his construction job for the more docile profession of novelist in 2008 when the US economy faltered. The tireless author has since written eight books. His first, “I'm here to help” (published by Striped Cat Press in July of 2012), is a literary fiction novella about a teenage daughter looking for answers to some troubling inconsistencies in her birth certificate. “The Ripple in Space-Time” (published by Striped Cat Press in February of 2013) is Chapman's second book. It is an exciting science fiction detective adventure set in a moldering and corrupt future controlled by greedy warlords. The author’s third novel “On the Back of the Beast” is an action-packed Contemporary Fiction tale about a massive earthquake that destroys the San Francisco Bay Area. It is now available from Striped Cat Press. Other completed works awaiting publication are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of “Floyd 5.136,” “Xea in the Library” and “Beyond the Habitable Limit;” and a recently completed sequel to “The Ripple in Space-Time” entitled “Torn From On High.” Chapman is currently writing a rough-and-tumble literary fiction novel about homelessness called “The Missive In The Margins.” S F's huge gray male tabby cat keeps him company while he writes and was the inspiration for Striped Cat Press.
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I actually was asked to read book 2 in the series and at the suggestion of the author I actually went back and read book 1 first. But, let me tell you this, the writing style will improve and I think book 2 shows a good development in the author's style.
I'm new to science fiction, but I love police dramas, so this was a good combination for me. Ryo Trop is an investigator for the Inquisitor's office of Free City. Fancy words to basically say, he is an FBI agent in the future.
There is lots of detail writing about futuristic science. So, they don't have to be as much accurate as they have to be believable and inviting so that you want to read.
I enjoyed the book, it drew me in and set me up well to read the second book in the series.
In this book a science station on the moon is obliterated by space pirates to cover up the fact that they stole a bunch of the anti-matter that was being developed as well as kidnapping several of the scientists from the station.
The evil warlord that did the deed wants to use the scientists and the anti-matter as a simple way to develop a weapon that will help him destroy a relative who is a rival warlord.
So, Dr. Jana Feasi is kidnapped and Ryo Trop and his associates must find her and the anti-matter before it can be used to destroy millions of people.
Will they succeed? Will they save the world? That is the question.
The characters are well developed. The scenario is as true to today's world as can be, and thus believable.
I enjoyed the book and the writing style and look forward to Chapman's development as a writer in the next several books.
The style of dropping newspaper articles or headlines as ways to progress the plot and give back story was clever for a while, but it began to seem heavy-handed at times. I like to discover the background of this fantastical world through reading and absorbing the actual story, not necessarily through proclamations and news headlines. That is personal choice of reading, I suppose, but I'm sure others found that slightly wearing as well.
The plot was interesting and not too complicated, but it felt slightly methodical. It was like every step led quite clearly to something new, and in that way, it was slightly suspenseful, but never gripping. That all being said, I loved how in-depth Chapman was with the details of his world, the locations, the culture, the military history. It was a great science fiction future, which is one of the coolest things about the genre. To create something that could potentially happen makes it real for the reader, and I saw elements of reality mixed with wild creativity from the author. Although this might not be the best choice for a serious, hardline science fiction lover, it is definitely an entertaining read from an author that I will keep in mind for the future. Nicely done, Mr. Chapman!
On the other side of that, I liked how Chapman dove into the story quickly, with a journalistic angle to give us the sensation of a complete and functioning world that we were reading about. I liked the press release elements that pushed the plot forward, hinted at things to come, and did quite a bit of exposition, since exposition and unexciting (yet necessary) plot points are often boring when it comes right from the author's pen. What isn't boring is exposition about characters who I am about to invest in for 200 pages, and I will touch on that lacking point momentarily.
The plot was also original, to a point, and the characters felt real. They spoke, joked, and reacted to things like real people in stressful situations, rather than imaginary characters and stock profile "heroes" in the author's mind. That being said, there wasn't enough character development, and to become fully invested in them, particularly Ryo, Keira, and Lev, I needed something that made me care. I enjoy being shown why a character does something, rather than being told. It goes back to my critique on the setting and futuristic angle. Show me the reality you are trying to paint, don't load me down with 8 sentences of dense exposition and then let those be the guiding principles for every other action and interaction of the players.
That sounded somewhat negative, but in truth, I did enjoy reading the book. The scientific elements were compelling and well thought out, and even the terminology and events seemed real enough (if we were already living around the year 2450). Creating drama and interesting character profiles for books set in modern times is difficult as it is, let alone adding the complexity of living in space 400 years from now. However, that is the challenge of writing really good science fiction - making me care about someone that I can't relate to on very many points. All criticism aside, I can see that Chapman is a talented writer with an eminently creative mind; perhaps he needs to redirect some of his eclecticism and prolificity into less projects rather than more. I think he could flesh out a truly magical world if he filled in a few more of the blanks and sought to engage the reader with his imagination, rather than simply firing out his ideas and hoping we catch and appreciate a few.
I'll definitely read the follow up novel, and I would pass this on to any other science fiction lovers I know; it is definitely a well-written book, it just had the potential to be something even greater.