Deadpool Vol. 4, 30
Deadpool Vol. 4, 30
Moon and beyond by Alan Gutierrez
According to Babylon 5′s Interstellar Network News (ISN), this is the year we begin setting up a colony on the Moon.
TODAY IN HISTORY: NASA’s Ranger 9 probe crashed into the Moon, transmitting images as it zoomed down a one-way path to glory, March 24, 1965.
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Artemis by Andy Weir
Were you a fan of The Martian and wished you could read all the sciencey goodness again? Well, you’re in luck! Andy Weir’s follow-up, Artemis, should be right up your alley.
Set in the latter half of the 21st century, Weir’s novel follows Jazz, a resident of Artemis, a small Moon settlement. Being the resident smuggler, Jazz deals with some shady characters regularly, but this time she gets tangled up in a heist of sorts. What follows are her attempts to pull off the job while making amends for past wrongs.
The smuggling and heist parts are fun, as is any heist. I dare you not to have fun watching Heat. But these parts feel clunky as Jazz strays into science lectures ranging from how the stronger gravity on Earth allows people on Artemis to carry objects exceeding 100kgs with relative ease, to how silicon is manufactured in such a way as to produce oxygen for the community.
While the lectures are informative, they break-up the narrative flow enough to have the reader backtrack and re-read sections to keep up with why the lecture was necessary.
Beyond the science lessons, the prose are not Shakespeare by any means, and some lines just seem downright strange. Example, “The grinding thrum of industrial equipment oozed from the walls…” Not sure how sound “oozes” from a wall, but I have also not sold the movie rights to a book so who am I to judge?
Besides the science lectures and the odd prose selection, the story reads like a transcript of something you might hear at a bar. You can see Jazz telling the story to a few of her friends over some drinks, waving her hands around for emphasis, and her friends calling bullshit from time-to-time as things get a little too unbelievable.
And this style makes sense for Jazz. She is a smuggler from a lower economic class who frequents bars, so this feels like she is talking directly to the reader. And just like any good bar-story, it’s easy to look over the minutiae and be taken away with the adrenaline of a bank robbery story.
Artemis is a fun read. Clunky, but fun. If you enjoyed either the book or movie version of The Martian, you will feel right at home in the Moon town of Artemis.
Rating: 3/5 cups of coffee