Bios, a 1999 science-fiction novel by Robert Charles Wilson, is scary-fine entertainment, a well-written horror story. The plot echoes Harry Harrison's Deathworld and Richard McKenna's classic Hunter, Come Home, updated to reflect advances in biochemistry and quantum physics. The alien world at the center of Bios is a gory nightmare; the story has the feel of a movie script. Alas, it comes nowhere near the thoughtful level of Wilson's Blind Lake or The Chronoliths — but it's an earlier book, and an author's craft should grow with time and maturity. Wilson's has.

(cf. TheChronoliths (9 Dec 2006), BlindLake (17 Dec 2006), ...)

TopicLiterature - 2007-01-15

(correlates: SpinCycle, BlindLake, TheChronoliths, ...)