Thursday, December 4, 2014

Worlds In Chaos-James P. Hogan

Worlds In Chaos
James P. Hogan
Baen, Dec 2 2014, $14.00
ISBN: 9781476736945

"Cradle of Saturn."  Earth political and science leaders condemn any theories that fails to fit inside their dogma.  Thus a generation ago, disgruntled and frustrated Kronian scientists left the planet to conduct research on the moons of Saturn.  When Jupiter discharges an asteroid similar in size to the inner planets, the Kronians and engineer Landen Keene who remained on earth believe this supports their theory that the solar system has had many catastrophes including Venus ejected in the same way.  While the earth establishment ignores the evidence preferring their safe solar system model, the newly released asteroid heads towards the planet.

“The Legend That Was Earth.”  The Hyadeans came to earth bearing advanced technological gifts.  Initially well-received, many support their kind offer to change the planet into an Eden.  However Roland Cade learns shocking revelations about the hidden agenda of these friendly aliens and that his ex-wife Marie belongs to a group labeled terrorists by earth leaders as these distrusting resistance fighters want the Hyadeans to leave.

Worlds in Chaos contains reprints of two fabulous fifteen years old science fiction thrillers with still timely societal issues.  Cradle of Saturn focuses on scientists trying to persuade deniers that the extinction event is real; while The Legend That Was Earth centers on an alien superpower supported by the local leaders offering colonization solutions that benefit the Hyadeans and humanity’s richest and most powerful at the cost of the masses.  Though the background in each tale lacks depth; in both cases the underlying theories (government, science and economics) are mesmerizing and easy to follow without dumbing down.

Harriet Klausner

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