Warp Speed-- Travis S. Taylor
-review by Nic Brown-
once said that if you want to be a good writer you
takes a lot of interesting turns. In most science fiction that
I’ve read the technologies are more of a back drop that
facilitates the plot. “I want my character to fly like Superman
so he has the Dyson 3000 anti-gravity belt”, or even more
simply, “my character has a sword made of energy, never mind
how, he just does”. In
The focus on the technology in Warp Speed doesn’t mean the characters are skipped or glossed over. The character of Anson Clemons is brought into very clear focus as a “renaissance man” with a number of talents and interests that blend together to complement each other and help explain his motives and thought processes. The other characters are well rounded, but they are seen through Anson’s eyes which colors them more to how he perceives them. One does pick up on an endearing bit of absentmindedness from Anson, as he “forgets” to mention significant developments in his life, only to have them pop up in the story with an “oh yeah, did I mention that…”.
Don’t let me fool you, Warp Speed isn’t just a book about the development of a new propulsion technology. This is good science fiction with plenty of action to keep the reader hooked. In fact, at times the action comes so fast you almost can’t get your breath as the characters are thrust from one situation to another with no breaks. One minute they are in space, then they are in a forest with tornadoes, then they are facing terrorists, it almost makes a person dizzy, but it still manages to flow well.
I recommend Warp Speed by Travis S. Taylor. It is a real page turner that makes some of the science behind science fiction come alive. This is the first in a series with the second book “The Quantum Connection” due out in paperback soon. To quote author John Ringo “Flubells away!” which will make much more sense if you read the book. Check it out!