Felix J. Palma was born in Spain in 1968. Unanimously acclaimed by critics as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time, he has earned more than one hundred awards for his short-story writing. The Map of Time won the prestigious Ateneo de Sevilla prize for literature in 2008 and has been published in more than thirty countries.
Having used H.G. Wells's The Time Machine as the starting point for 2011's The Map of Time, Palma now takes The War of the Worlds as the basis for this top-notch sequel. In 1898, shortly after the publication of that tale of a Martian invasion of England, Wells accepts a lunch invitation from Garrett Serviss, an American writer who has penned a continuation in which Thomas Edison leads a contingent of Earth space ships to the red planet to seek revenge. Serviss, who believes that Martians are real, claims that he saw a Martian corpse-a specimen ostensibly recovered during an expedition to the Antarctic about 60 years earlier-in a secret area of London's Museum of Natural History. Curious to verify Serviss's improbable account, Wells embarks on a complex quest that includes a tip of the hat to John W. Campbell's Who Goes There? Fans of intelligent science fiction as well as historical thrillers will be rewarded. Agent: Tom Colchie, the Colchie Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
It is with derision in his heart that author H.G. Wells sits down to meet and speak with Garrett Serviss, the man who dared write a sequel to his War of the Worlds. But an alcohol-infused sense of camaraderie and adventure inspire the two men to set off to view a hidden secret-a Martian kept in a locked room in the Natural History Museum. As alien forces converge on London, a group of citizens struggle to preserve the once-proud city against destruction. VE-RDICT In this worthy successor to The Map of Time Palma's gorgeous prose works its magic yet again, pulling readers out of the mundane and into a history sprinkled with enough of the fantastic to keep them on the edge of their seats and anxiously turning pages. Wells's classic novel has held such an enduring fascination for so many, and Palma has again managed to infuse something very familiar with a new edge and life. [See Prepub Alert, 3/18/12.]-April Steenburgh, George F. Johnson Memorial Lib., Endwell, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.