Sunday, January 16, 2011
Review: 1989 novel The Barsoom Project by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes
Jessica Strider, a bookseller at the World's Biggest Bookstore in Toronto and proprietor of the blog Sci-Fi Fan Letter, just posted a solid review of The Barsoom Project (1989 / 2010), an older novel written by American science fiction authors Larry Niven and Steven Barnes that was recently reprinted by Tor Books and made available for the Kindle e-reader. First, the latest product description:
Haunted by the past, rebounding from a lengthy spell in a mental hospital, she has returned to Dream Park to exorcise a nightmare that has become reality. But in Dream Park, nothing is what it seems. The Inuit mythology controlling the images is part of a "Fat Ripper Special" designed to implant new behavioral memes. The players are struggling against the game master, one another, and their own demons. And there is a killer who wants to ensure Eviane never regains her memory...noo matter what it costs.
Blending together hard science fiction with topical RPG-like fantasy games, The Barsoom Project is SF at the cutting edge and a classic creation from two of the genre's most beloved writers.
In short, reviewer Jessica Strider concludes that “The Barsoom Project is pure science fiction […] The climax and conclusion provide a satisfying ending, tying up all the plotlines.”