The jury’s hung.
In his explanation of his philosophy of science fiction, author Dennis Phillips criticizes scientific plot holes in contemporary fiction. And while he comments that he does not personally believe in a race of beings born from daughters of man and the Brobdingnagian “Sons of God” referenced in passing in Genesis, Phillips’s use of the concept as an explanation for extraterrestrial life doesn’t meet his own standard for science fiction.
It’s not scientific.
While the technical details about the starship Ambassador and the planet Proximus are excellent, as a reader I couldn’t get over the disconnect between the aspects of supposed “hard” science fiction and the harkening back to the dubious science of Genesis. Forgive me if I find it difficult to believe that an astrophysicist like Carl Sage could accept Creationism.
Reading time: At 450 pages, this is a book that needs two weeks at least.
Recommendation: Fans of C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy will find an appealing story in The Proximian. I thought Phillips’s writing style was very readable–clear, smooth, and uncluttered. But I took issue with some of the content of the novel: I found the explanation for the existence of extraterrestrial life unconvincing, and it seemed uncharacteristic coming from a standpoint of keeping the science first in science fiction.