Review: Children of Ruin

The sequel to Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time, begins with an Earth terraforming program ship sent to the stars, where it makes an unexpected discovery. A planet is seemingly teeming with primitive life forms, only to later discover the planet’s ecosystem is far more advanced than first thought. An aeon later, humanity together with its new spider allies, detect early fragmentary radio signals of their discovery and dispatch an exploration vehicle in the hope of finding cousins from old Earth. However, the ancient terraformers have woken something that would have been better undisturbed.

I enjoyed the characters in Tchaikovsky’s award winning novel, particularly the protagonist, Senkovi and his interaction with the captain of the ship, Baltiel. This is hard science fiction at its very best as Tchaikovsky takes the reader on a future voyage into intergalactic flight, planetary terrraformiig and colonisation.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer

Michael Leon is an explorer, writer and author of the new novel, Sentient. Professionally trained in international trade, Michael has  spent the last decade reading and writing SFF novels about new and future worlds to be explored. His latest work, Sentient, imagines Earth in the year 2120. Michael has traveled extensively around Europe, walking the paths of his characters, from the famous European opera houses in Phantoms, to the mountain tops of Switzerland in Emissary

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