“The Day the Sun Changed Colours” by Scott Talbot Evans

There is a certain amount of freedom in setting your Sci-Fi novel in 11,984 A.D. Society has changed so much that you don’t really have to follow any of the normal human conventions. Either in plotline, story structure, or grammar.

In the tradition of “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” this is a style of comedy that pushes so far into the ridiculous that (hopefully) it starts being funny again. And in places it does. Unfortunately, the author gets rather carried away with his own creativity in the first quarter of the book and disregards the necessity of plot, conflict, or characterization. However, after that point the conflict – the sun will go nova in  2,064.61 days – firms up and begins to function as it should. The family (different members were so creatively described that I had not been able to keep them straight as individuals) gradually realizes that their idyllic life is over, and slowly learns to cope with the situation. The scenery and their society disintigrates from there, and the story takes off.

The author uses his freedom from convention to comment on many elements of today’s society, especially a beautiful takeoff on the political correctness of pronouns. This future society has gone past gender distinctions in language and so far into denial of individual differences that “e” and “one” are pretty much the only pronouns allowed. Likewise, for some other egalitarian reason I couldn’t fathom but was strangely willing to accept, there were no periods inside quotation marks. Thus the medium communicated the message, and I found that after a while it ceased to bother me. In fact, it pretty well disguised the fact that the proofreading was rather slack.

Recommended for those who like their Sci-Fi weird, wonderful and wacky.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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