“Every world is different, except they’re all out to get you.”
– Wildcatter by Dave Duncan
Set a few hundreds centuries in the future, Duncan’s latest revolves around a group of independent wildcatters whose job is to explore new worlds in search of unlikely treasure: like new chemical compounds or flora with advantageous properties, etc. Although wildcatting is “the most dangerous of all legal occupations,” it’s also the most lucrative.
Most readers probably know Duncan from his extensive fantasy work – like Tales of the King's Blades (The Gilded Chain, Lord Of The Fire Lands, etc.) and The Seventh Sword saga – but if Wildcatter is any indication, I’m hoping for more science fiction from him in the very near future. Science fiction fans who enjoy their literary fare character-driven and action packed need look to further than this entertaining new old school science fiction novel. Readers, in particular, who were weaned on Asimov, Clarke, Bradbury, etc. will find this novel to be reminiscent of the classics they grew up with.
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
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