Tuesday, 19 October 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Version 43 - Philip Palmer

Release Date: 18/10/10


The odds of surviving quantum teleportation to the Exodus Universe are, more or less, fifty/fifty. The only ones crazy enough to try it are the desperate, the insane and those sentenced to death for their crimes. Belladonna is home to the survivors and, in a planet run by criminals and desperados, death is commonplace. But a particularly horrific (and improbable) killing attracts the Galactic Police force, and a cyborg cop is sent to investigate. Version 43 has been here before, and has old scores to settle. The cop was human once, but is now more programme than man. And he intends to clean up this planet, permanently, whatever the cost.


If there’s one thing you can say about Philip its that you never get what you fully expect from one of his titles. Here in this, his latest offering is a story where the reader is engaged on one man/cyborg’s quest to solve a number of crimes any which way he can whilst “dying” a number of times.

It’s definitely something special, it’s definitely something unusual and when backed with an unpredictable writing style, the reader will be wondering how many incarnations will survive. Finally add a touch of Robocop, a good helping of sarcasm and of course adding personality to a cyborg which makes him unique and you know that the offering is definitely something to keep you glued to the last page.

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