This story was a long time coming. Back in 2012, I knew I wanted to write a story about wingsuits and BASE jumping on a low gravity planet. And there the idea sat until 2016 when I realized I could combine it with another idea I’d had for a murder mystery on an exoplanet. I also wanted to include the element of climate change (which underpins a lot of my stories), and to specifically examine the psychological toll taken by living with a constant feeling of unease (little did I know that Covid-19 was just around the corner and would add to our collective angst).
Vernacular’s The Way of the Laser anthology focuses on how futuristic disruptive technology will create new opportunities for crime. On distant worlds, the line between what is legal and ethical blurs.
…whether you’re looking for hard sci-fi or something more wildly speculative, you’ll find something to enjoy in this collection. The settings range from Earth in the not-too-distant future to alien planets that present their own problems for human settlers, and the crimes themselves vary from your standard murder and theft to deciding whether to take care of an unauthorized baby. Even the morality of each story varies. Some have the feel of a cop drama, while others question whether the law at the heart of the story is good, and whether the criminal is even entirely bad. I’m very glad I picked this book up to review, and I know any science fictions fans will be glad they picked it up to read.