Lands of In-KO-8 Trilogy, 3rd Edition
At the beginning of the solar system, the planet Earth encompassed another planet that was made of dark matter called Inchoate. Inchoate is slightly out of phase with Earth and life there has evolved independently, yet not without crossover between the two worlds. The evolved sapient life is much smaller than humans on Earth, has more advanced technology and a feudal-ish society. Alien cultures have used Inchoate as a way station in a galactic teleportation system, somewhat like Clifford D. Simak’s Way Station. This separate world is the reason for myth and fairy tales on Earth, when sometimes things like jackalopes from Inchoate makes their way over.
So in an act of sabotage between warring galactic races, Inchoate is itself teleported to our closest stellar neighbor, the binary system of Sirius, where the residents awake from suspended animation and need to rebuild their society. The focus in In-KO-8 is mostly on the planet and its residents, and Fisher in many ways channels humorous authors in his naming and situations. He also blends in some quantum science and fairy tales to help tie it all together. The story is well told, though out of order in a way that won’t confuse the reader, but makes for three interesting jumps. The pun based names provides comic relief, and match the personalities of the “people” involved.
Overall a good story and pretty unique in its setting. Fisher created a lot of history and language for Inchoate which helps create depth to the story, and as stated, the characters provide a fair amount of humor throughout. While the overall concept is fantastical, it works with the science explaining setting, and then mixing it into our Earth history to create the hook between the worlds. Recommended for fans of Terry Pratchett in particular.
|Page Count||514 pages|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|