New First Cause review references old classics

Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause

The newest review is pasted and linked below!

4.0 out of 5 stars “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”, March 19, 2012

The best SciFi, isn’t about huge saucers vaporizing national monuments, it’s uses the genre of science fiction to give us things to think about.
The subject in the best SciFi, and in literature, is often our humanity, and the “human condition” – Blade Runner, Gattaca, 2001 A Space Odyssey
(AI self awareness & human potential/evolution) and so on. First Cause fits into this category as, while it is a science fiction story, it’s main
goal is to make the reader think. The SciFi genre is also often prophetic, as is the case here and its worth considering that this book was
conceived a decade before Sept 11, and alot of whats written here is very relevant to current events.

I wont go into spoilers or a synopsis as other reviews have done that here. There is alot of background information, but I dont see that as a flaw,
as it presents a more well developed story. A few chapters stand out, such as the chapter of the history of the man who assumes the Presidency during
the crisis, a snowy confrontation, and the highlight of the book, a history into the Luceri, those who are trying to “come home”. Being someone who
loves to see fiction give a alternate take on established history (one of my favorite things ever written was Robert E Howard’s ‘The Hyborian age’), I
enjoyed this chapter most.

The book tackles subjects like social justice, philosphy, political corruption,the ultimate human potential,and its interesting to
note, in the book, a race who attains “human perfection”, are still unable to overcome some hard wired human flaws. Someone had mentioned M Night, and
I think thats a good comparison as M Night tends to focus on small groups of people, in a large scale crisis.

Some nitpicks…The ending is abrupt, as the book obviously sets ups up a sequel. It’s also short, which makes good for reading it in a couple sittings, but
it also resolves some situations too quickly.

If you like stuff like Gattaca, Utopian themes, with some X-Files thrown in there, and think humanity has wasted its amazing gifts, then give First Cause a chance. Its a enjoyable enough read from a first time author and self publisher.


About Paul West

Paul West offers thoughtful analysis of on-field and off-field sports topics via PDub's sports Hub, and for years was a core staff writer for Through The Fence Baseball. A recurrent guest on Fox Sports Radio New Mexico, Paul is available for radio and other media appearances. To follow Paul on @firstcausenyc on Twitter, visit View all posts by Paul West

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