by Steven Gould
Series: Jumper #4
Publication date: September 9th 2014
by Tor Books
Genre: Science Fiction
Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be — sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it’s hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you’re a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.
But Cent isn’t easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She’s going to make some changes in the world.
Steven’s top ten favorite science fiction movies of all time
01. The Abyss
03. Blade Runner
04. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
05. The Empire Strikes Back
06. 2001: A Space Odyssey
07. The Matrix
09. Brother From Another Planet
I see three of these are from Jim Cameron (whom I’m working with right now) but I would pick them anyway. Part of my decision making is which of these would I rewatch over and over and these are all films like that. This was the era of the dirty space ship—a future that was actually lived in. The Abyss is working class SF at its best, depicting actual working stiffs, not scientists and elite government officials. Brother from Another Planet uses the alien lens to examine poverty and racism. Contact is a movie (and book) that is not afraid to examine science and religion side by side. Gattaca is brilliant “if this goes on” sort of SF. While Ripley gets her start in its predecessor, the female action hero really came of age in Aliens. No offense George, but the best Star Wars movie was scripted by a woman and directed by someone other than Lucas. And on that other one: “I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like [small cough] tears… in… rain. Time to die…”
~About the Author~
STEVEN GOULD is the author of Jumper, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, and Jumper: Griffin’s Story, as well as many short stories. He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. Gould lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon, and their two daughters.
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