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Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (2006)
Reviewed by Alisa Krasnostein (this review was originally published in 2006)
Overall, the science fiction novels published in Australia in 2006 were disappointing. Hydrogen Steel by K A Bedford was one of the few standouts that managed to hold my attention for the whole book. Thrilling in places, suspenseful in others, an avid science fiction reader could do a lot worse than Bedford’s latest offering.
Former homicide inspector Zette McGee has found a quiet life on the Serendipity retirement habitat in the Sirius A system. Her quiet, peaceful life is interrupted by a call from Kell Fallow in desperate need of her help and claiming to be a disposable, just like her. Being an android is McGee’s big secret. No-one knows, not even her best friend Gideon Smith. It’s the reason she quit the police force and she’s still not really fully convinced that it’s true and if it is, where her life ends and her programmed memories begin.
When Kell Fallow is blown up whilst trying to smuggle himself into Serendipity, McGee and Smith become involved in not only the mystery surrounding his death and the prior murder of his wife but also the bigger mystery of the Fireminds and, in particular, Hydrogen Steel and the intergalactic war it is waging. Read the rest of this entry »