Sunlight on Venus” by John C. Sable

It is the first dystopian story I have read where a main character is a member of the police, trying to enforce order on an unwilling population, and I think this author gives a good sense of the feelings of an ordinary guy trying to do his job to the best of his ability. It is only the objective point of view of the reader that shows the social effects of his actions.

The author has indulged in a great deal of careful worldbuilding, and the writing is full of detailed description, interesting enough that we actually want to read it.

I was rather disappointed in the editing. A body falls to the floor, but the scene was happening in the forest. Misplaced hyphens in numbers abound (one-hundred and sixteen days, seven-hundred million years). Words are repeated several times in one paragraph. “The man sighed in frustration. He slowly opened the door, revealing a medium-sized man…”

I find it unfortunate that authors are paying good money to “editors” who don’t know what they’re doing.

The format of the story is interesting, consisting of two separate characters with alternating storylines that never intersect. Then comes the climax, reminiscent of “2001: A Space Odyssey” which segues into a rather surprising but perfectly logical and ironic ending.

An interesting plotline with appropriate and likeable characters and a meaningful theme.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) 

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