Science fiction fans have always had a respect and understanding for the history of the genre. Unfortunately, science fiction has achieved such an age that each year sees our ranks diminished. Deaths in 2015 included Alice K. Turner, Leonard Nimoy, Tanith Lee, Jon Arfstrom, George Clayton Johnson, Suzette Haden Elgin, Sir Terry Pratchett, Christopher Lee and Peter Dickinson.
The Paradox is a direct continuation of the story begun in The Oversight. It's always a difficult balancing act, out on the high wire between the beginning of a tale and its end, but in this respect the author is a man without fear. Principally because what was set up in book one achieved a combination of momentum and magnitude bursting with possibilities. What gives this sequence its edge is a one-two punch that blends concept and characterisation within a wholly convincing world. A place that might be, in some half-familiar elsewhere.
This is the second novel in the author's Never War sequence, and as might be expected, picks up almost where the first book ended. Ambitiously, the action aliens and Nazis sprawl across the USA, Germany, the Greek island of Crete, occupied France, Stalin's Russia, and good old Blighty. Once again it's a hell-for-leather scramble between those loyal to the Third Reich or the Allies, with the alien Vril following their own agenda and playing both sides against the middle.