My new science fiction book Minerva Century was published just a couple of weeks ago, and I will look at another aspect of the book here.

In the story, the human race has had to leave Earth after a final ultimate global war. Perhaps it was not the right time, things may not have been quite ready, but as many of the human race had to flee as possible while they could.

In the book, eventually humankind relocates to a new planet which they name Minerva, and a new kind of society begins. The population attempt to start fresh, keeping the good, positive things, rejecting things which may have been causing too many problems for decades or centuries on Earth.

So in our real life, if we do ever leave Earth in large numbers, will we be ready?

Will be move to a better place? What if we relocate to somewhere much worse?

If we move, will we find alien life and live alongside it?

Will we have to change dramatically in order to survive out in the galaxy?


James E.Parsons is author of Minerva Century out now in paperback/ebook/hardback from Waterstones, Amazon, Foyles and other bookshops. His first book Orbital Kin is also available.


Minerva Century -Artificial life…

My new SF book Minerva Century was published almost two weeks ago. This new book takes place in a far future where mankind has relocated to a new planet and a number of large space stations around it. Mankind leaves Earth after a brutal final world war, they take with them cyborg men and women who held it happen.

In the book I hope that I am clear in that these are not robots which look like men and women, they are not mosly robotic, but a uncomfortable mix of man and machine.

The lead character Dale is a cyborg patrol crew officer on a galactic patrol ship. He was born a man and lived until into his forties when he was changed and upgraded for military reasons. He is a hard working, proud patrol crew cyborg but he knows he is not what he used to be. There are many more like him and they exist on their own very basic rock of a planet Cycle One near to the space stations.

They are upgraded, repaired, maintained in good condition but they also have their minds edited, memories taken, removed. Dale is over a century old, he knows this is true. He knows that their are many parts of his own life he does not recall but it has not troubled him-until now.

In the book I look at some ideas about what makes us human, how much we may physically and mentally change before we are less human and more artificial or more machine. Would it be good to live much longer if we loose our natural biological bodies, our own human memories and minds?

Minerva Century is out now in paperback, ebook and hardback from all good bookshops. Orbital Kin also available.


Europa Report- Film Review

Europa Report (2013)

This was a fairly recent science fiction movie which interested me, but it has taken a couple of years to see it. It is not a huge budget Hollywood movie, and it formally almost comes across as a found-footage film.

In sci-fi film terms, it resembles 2001 :A Space Odyssey with a crew of astronaunts travelling to a moon near Jupiter when gradually a number of technical problems challenge their journey.

Some of it comes as video footage shot by the individual crew talking to camera, some as flashback (or flashforward even) interviews with other scientists, politicians etc. back on Earth speaking about the mission after it has taken place but as the film and story move along step by step.

In some ways this style of footage and filmmaking did keep it feeling fresh and interesting, when there were moments where I was thinking that I had seen many similar films focusing on realistic space travel missions. Also the actor Sharlto Copley really helped, as he is always worth watching since his performances in movies like District9 and Elysium.

So almost half way in and the film does not seem to different to many other similar sci-fi movies besides the interview/found-footage style. Thankfully gradually the problems on the spacecraft increase, the mysteries mount up and a great shocking final reveal hits us in the end.

Someone on social media did suggest that this film may have originally been made as a pilot for a tv series, which I can understand but it does stand well enough as a single sci-fi feature length film.

Perhaps not as great as I hoped it might be, but also did hold some surprises as well. Worth seeing if you enjoy more (mostly) realistic science fiction films.


James E.Parsons is a SF author- new SF space opera novel Minerva Century out now-paperback/ebook/hardback, and first book Orbital Kin also available in all good bookshops.