ATTENTION WRITERS - Here is your chance to share your work. Send us your short stories to be published on-line. Click here for details Don't Delay
CoKoCon
Traditional SF convention.
August 30-September 2, 2019
Memberships limited to 500


LATEST UPDATES


December 1, 2018
Updated Convention Listings

November
Book Pick
of the Month




November 18



November 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook and
Voices From the Past


November 1, 2018
Updated Convention Listings

Previous Updates

WesternSFA
The Burn Zone
By James K. Decker
Roc, $7.99, 373pp
Release Date: February 5, 2013

This is a debut novel for James Decker but that’s only a pseudonym for James Knapp who has quite a few books under his belt. The title refers to an impending catastrophe that will claim millions of lives – both human and not. Sam Shao is a young woman living in an Asian city where an alien ship resides. The ship crash-landed many years earlier forcing the humans into a co-dependent relationship with the needy aliens who require most of the available food sources but repay with advanced technology. One of the things the aliens need most is human surrogate parents. Sam is one of the human surrogate parents. Since she is unable to bear a child herself, she satisfies her longing by adopting alien babies to raise. The pay isn’t bad, either.

Her own adoptive father is a soldier and finds himself in an untenable situation – follow orders or do the right thing. He chooses the right thing and finds himself on the run from both his own government and an apparent rogue alien. He’s taken from Sam and she finds herself on the run, as well. She finds friends willing to help and succor her but it seems that the responsibility for learning the truth about the aliens is all on her shoulders. One of her saviors is an alien who breaks all the truths that Sam thought she knew about the aliens that she’s helped raise. The final truth was stranger than anything I could’ve imagined and it was a lovely surprise at the end.

The characters were very interesting and the plot sufficiently intriguing without confusing this reader. There was a great deal of ‘scientific’ exposition that I could’ve done without; but overall, I was pleased with this story. ~~ Catherine Book

Follow us

for notices on new content and events.

to The Nameless Zine,
a publication of WesternSFA





WesternSFA
Main Page

Disclaimer

Copyright ©2005-2018 All Rights Reserved
(Note that external links to guest web sites are not maintained by WesternSFA)
Comments, questions etc. email WebMaster