Solaris is a brand new sci-fi and fantasy imprint from BL publishing (known for their Games Workshop novelizations). They’ve only published a few titles so far and all are being published immediately in paperback.
Helix by Eric Brown is one of Solaris‘ titles and it has been flying off the shelves since it came out a few months ago. I wanted to know why it was selling so well and also felt like reading something new and fresh. Although Eric Brown has been writing for quite a few years I did not really know him. Helix’s cover put me off a little but the blurb on the back intrigued me enough to make me start reading…..
Helix starts on Earth in a not-too-distant future in which Earth’s population has dwindled down to a mere couple of million due to wars and global warming. A mission with 4000 colonists in cold sleep travels to a very distant galaxy in the hope of finding a habitable planet to start a new Earth. The enormous space ship eventually crashes on an alien spiral construct of worlds; a small group of humans sets out to explore this world while the others remain asleep. They encounter extraordinary landscapes and alien races, some friendly and some hostile and are all the while in search of the mystery of the Helix.
Helix is a good old fun sci-fi read. Nothing more, nothing less. Maybe a little too sentimental at times, with somewhat of a Hollywood ending, but don’t let that put you off.
You could also give Solaris’ The Summoner and The Blood King by Gail Z. Martin a try. It’s fantasy, so not really my cup-of-tea but I’ve heard they are pretty damn good as well.
So hooray for a newcomer on the publishing front! The one thing they still need to work on is that the print-runs are too low so I have a hard time reordering. (BL publishing has promised to work on this!)