Metal Boxes

metal_boxesI’m not sure who recommended Alan Black to me sometime last year. Probably somebody in the Galaxy Rangers group on Facebook. I snagged a copy of Metal Boxes and immediately found a new author.

The plot of this first-in-the-series feels like it could have come from Heinlein – young person adrift in space facing mortal danger. Black steps back from the edge of cliche over and over and in ways that delighted me. The main character – Blackmon Perry Stone, scion of a rich and powerful trading family – bends over backwards in trying not to take advantage of his family’s position, yet he continually finds himself in situations where his background contributes to his success.

I won’t spoiler the stories by trying to describe them or the difficulties he faces along the way. In doing this review I just discovered a new title in the series so I’m off to grab it myself. If you like your space opera with a little silly, a little swashbuckling, and the occasional clever world building, you might grab a sample of Metal Boxes and give it a try.

About the reviewer:

NathanLowell_150x150Nathan Lowell has been writing science fiction and fantasy most of his life. He started publishing in 2007 and has no intention of stopping any time soon.

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