The Revelations of Time and Space, by Brian Stableford. Snuggly Books, 2020
Review by Sally Startup
A fascinating work of science fiction, and also a story about love and empathy. This is both a recycling of many previous stories and a completely new extrapolation of ideas.
I found this novel gripping; plausible and scary. It is, after all, a description of the end of my own world. Part one is told from the point of view of Zephaniah Corcoran, who finds conventional social interraction with his own species problematic, yet has a unique gift for empathising with non-human beings. In part two, the viewpoint switches to that of his sister Denise, who has had to live in the shadow of her brother’s fame. Together, they are facing an apocalypse, yet there are still various important personal choices to be made.
The author took my imagination in directions I would never have found on my own. Though filled with some very intricate explanations of invented future technology, the novel is about people. It is also about who, and what, our understanding of people might expand to include. I enjoyed it with relish. It also had the delicious effect of returning into my thoughts many times after I had come to the end of the last sentence.