Author Eric B. Thomasma wrote his debut novel in and out of waiting rooms. He writes as a preface to the Kindle version of the book:
My father was battling cancer at the time and I took him to all of his appointments. Writing became a means of escaping the depressing circumstances and helped me maintain a positive attitude toward the treatments. Sadly, my Dad lost his battle before I finished the story, so he was never able to read it, but I like to think he would approve.
With that said, SEAMS16: A New Home is a SF mystery strong enough to stand on its own without preface–Thomasma writes with clear, clean prose and solid storytelling. His protagonists undergo realistic changes as the novel’s stream of events begins to flow (Charlie from a hopelessly innocent student to a leader in the face of… well, corporate and extraterrestrial danger).
And while Charlie Samplin’s our hero, Thomasma crafts an equally compelling heroine in Susan Samplin, the space station technician’s sharp-witted wife. If the cover art gives the perception that Susan’s a fragile little woman clinging for safety to her brawny husband, you’re being misled. One of my greatest pet peeves about science fiction and fantasy is how poorly authors fashion leading ladies: so often they’re either non-existent, or implausibly two-dimensional. But Susan Samplin can hold her own.
Reading Time: From a college student at the start of a busy new semester, two weeks.
Recommendation: Science fiction has gone mainstream–at least on television. In the recent past and present we’ve had LOST, Fringe, The Cape, FlashForward, The Event, and V, just to name shows on the major networks. The best way I can think to describe SEAMS16 is just that: mainstream. Readers need not fear complicated jargon or subgenre in-jokes (as fun as those can be sometimes). With stories of space travel, aliens, and creepy corporate entities so popular these days, any one who can read can read this book.
SEAMS16: A New Home is available as an ebook from Amazon for $0.99