Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Equations Of Life Equations Of Life
by Simon Morden

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Simon Litten

Equations of Life is Simon Morden’s first novel length foray in to the publishing world (previous credits have been for short fiction), and introduces the reader to Samuil Petrovitch: escapee from low rent dysfunctional St Petersburg and now habitué of a seriously over-crowded but barely functional London.

Equations of Life starts with Samuil Petrovitch making a gargantuan mistake of conscience and almost dying, through failure of a radiation diseased heart, to regret it. And then his life gets very, very complicated.

I liked this book. I had a vision of London ten to fifteen years hence, if eco-terrorists and economic autarkists had got their way. Where Britain was still the place where the dispossessed and homeless of Europe drifted in their hundreds of thousands. And where science and technology have delivered a few (not all, just a few) of their promised break throughs. In other words, Mr Morden has delivered science fiction of the old school: speculation, projection and visualisation delivered through fully formed characters, living in a brave/bizarre new world.

Yes, Equations of Life is a throwback to SF of the sixties and seventies but it works as a novel and a story and I enjoyed it. There was nothing "brash and meaningful" in its exposition, instead the message was there on the surface of the story (no, I’m not going to tell you what that message was read the book), which made it so much fun to read. Escapism pure and simple: try it, you may like it.

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