Other Systems by Elizabeth Guizzetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of Other Systems
Reviewed for Making Connections Goodreads Group
I reviewed an ebook copy of “Other Systems” provided to me by the author, Elizabeth Guizzetti, on July 30 2012, in exchange for my fair and impartial review.
As a child and adolescent, science fiction was one of my favoured genres. Then in adulthood, for some reason I diverged and only read it occasionally (in my 40’s I devoured Star Trek novels-go figure). But on the rare occasions lately when I do pick up a sci fi story, I remember how much I love the genre and why. Perhaps I should better term this “speculative fiction,” because good sci fi (or horror or Supernatural, paranormal, fantasy, etc.) asks THE BIG QUESTIONS. Such is the case in “Other Systems,” author Elizabeth Guizzetti’s debut novel, which sets those philosophical, social, and cultural queries against a background of intense, complex, delightful world-building. There are a number of different “environments” constructed here: from a futuristic Earth (mostly, but not entirely, Seattle) to outer space (life lived in relative time, meaning very sloooooowww aging), to an extraordinary planet in an “other system,” a planet whose populace interacts with an overgrown Earth, in ways that purport to be beneficial and pleasant-but oh what a surprise when that’s not so.
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