Allen Steele, author of Arkwright , gives us a thrilling piece of sf pulp with Avengers of the Moon . Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist.Read more...
Allen Steele, author of Arkwright, gives us a thrilling piece of sf pulp with Avengers of the Moon. Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. This unlikely trio of guardians has kept his existence a closely guarded secret after the murder of Curt's parents.
Curt's innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. There's only one way to uncover the evil mastermind Curt must become Captain Future."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-12
- Reviewer: Staff
This affectionate pastiche of Edmond Hamiltons mid-20th-century Captain Future space operas is all about first lovesboth romantic connections and genre fandoms. Curt Newton, orphan son of murdered scientists, grows up in a secret Moon base, raised by a cyborg, an android, and a robot. Pursuing the murderer, whos now a powerful Lunar politician, he disrupts an assassination attempt on the president of the Solar Coalition and accepts a commission, as Captain Future, to uncover the Martian conspiracy behind the attempt. Naturally, a beautiful female inspector of the Interplanetary Police Force is by his side in more ways than one. Steele (Arkwright), who won awards for his reflective 1995 novella, The Death of Captain Future, ably re-creates the pulp milieu with its clumsy-cute terms (Curt uses a plasmar pistol; natives of Venus are aphrodites) and a linear narrative that ploughs a straight furrow through the Lunar and Martian soils, turning up femmes fatales, mysterious million-year-old alien artifacts, and supervillains. The retro feel is enjoyable but may overwhelm readers who dislike seeing an otherwise strong female character needing to overcome her disgust or gape with fear evident on her face at alien threats. (Apr.)