Must-Read: Paul Di Filippo: On James L. Cambias: “James Cambias delivered his debut novel…

A Darkling Sea utterly accomplished and au courant, with a simultaneous respectful nod toward the classic Hal Clement-stylings of the past…. Now, just a year later, we get his second novel… also excellent, but in a totally different manner and mode from A Darkling Sea…. It has the vibe, for instance, of Heinlein’s The Door Into Summer: engineering and entrepreneurial and romantic machinations — but without Heinlein’s less-than-rigorous time-travel angle. Toss in some military and terrorist hijinks, and the recipe is complete. Perhaps the first template for this was Bruce Sterling’s Zeitgeist in the year 2000, followed by his The Zenith Angle in 2004…. Allied albeit not identical books… Alexander Jablokov (Brain Thief); Nick Harkaway (Tigerman); Michael Swanwick (Dancing With Bears); and Charles Stross (Halting State)… Neal Stephenson’s Reamde…