For a while I’ve been searching for some good pulp fiction. I’ve been wanting an exciting adventure with an unapologetic hero. Not a brooding, contemplative person who aches over every life choice, where chapters are devoted to introspective blah blah garbage. I want a hero who charges forth with determination and resolution. If the choice is wrong, then they deal with it and move on. Always moving forward.
I found this hero in Preston Lost.
As his name implies, he is lost. Completely removed from the world he understands into another new and strange land where some physics and natural working order have been upended. This new world is full of mystery, inhabited by impossible peoples and tech. This sets Preston on a journey to unravel the mysteries of where he is. And along the way he searches for the role he has to play in it all.
It looks like this will be a trilogy, which is good because Wright can further develop some of his great ideas. One in particular that I like is how ‘advanced’ cultures rely on non-man made tech. In some impossible way, animals, bugs, the natural order, has become the preferred technology of many future races. The idea is very cool and Wright has plenty of room to build even more than he already has. I can’t wait to see what happens with it all, and what else can be discovered in Lost’s journey.
So if you’re looking for some good, pulpy sci-fi that hearkens back to sci-fi when sci-fi was fun, then look no further than John Wright’s Terrors of Pangaea series.