Ian Miller has just published his latest ebook – a continuation of the story he started in Red Gold (which I reviewed earlier Link). He plans to end up with a whole slew of ebooks based around this central theme, or at least four ebooks, of which this one is the second. The title ” A Face on Cydonia” refers to the rock formation on Mars that looks remarkably like a human face (see photo), and which is central to one of his main sub-plots, the existence or not of extra-terrestrial life.
Red Gold described – among other things – the founding of the colony on Mars, and this ebook which is placed some time after the events in Red Gold, carries on the story of the ferociously power, money and control hungry corporations who effectively control the world (but not Mars, which is a corporation free area).
Actually, whilst the book is cast in the form of a science fiction book, it is actually something which could well appear in the columns of a publication such as The Economist or the Wall Street Journal, as a very large part of the plot revolves around the machinations that large corporations go through to ensure their share of the market.
So to a large degree, what we have here is a development of the ideas Ian Miller developed in Red Gold. Unlike Red Gold though, the various villains in this ebook are not at all likeable, in fact the main villain, who will certainly play an important role in future ebooks in this series, is totally despicable, a truly loathsome character with not one redeeming quality… Love him!
Ian Miller describes this ebook in the following terms:-
By the year 2100 everybody, apart from some extreme recidivists, knew the so-called Face of Cydonia was simply a battered butte, and a live TV program was to poke fun at those recidivists, except that the battered butte morphed into something like the Viking image and winked. This was considered a great joke, except that nobody knew who was responsible or how it was done. Coupled with two unexplained physical measurements associated with this butte, when signals were found emanating from Epsilon Eridani, a nearby star far too young for such advanced life to have evolved, the issue of alien life arose. As a consequence, Grigori Timoshenko, Federation Commissioner for Defence and Science, is forced to form a party and settle for once and for all whether there had been alien activity around this butte.
Photo Courtesy Of NASA
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