Dreams Before the Start of Time
by Anne Charnock
This is the winner of the 2018 Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction literature, and I’m always interested to see what the group makes of award-winning books so its what we’ll be reading in preparation for our October meet.
It begins in a near-future and spans several generations focussing on a subject that is often left vague in science-fiction, childbirth and conception. Already we have technologies that offer vastly more options and possibilities for procreation and it’s reasonable to assume that developments and discoveries will add to this. What could this mean at a societal and individual level? This is primarily what the book sets out to explore, and while it’s only a little over two hundred pages long I think we’re going to find a lot to talk about.