Friday, November 27, 2015

Review of Orion and King Arthur by Ben Bova

Author:  Ben Bova.
Title:  Orion and King Arthur.
Publisher:  TOR Publishing.
Copyright:  2011, 2013.
Pages:  373.
Price:  $7.99 (US).

Overview and Impressions:
Orion is an immortal servant of Aten, the Golden One.  Aten is part of a group of beings known as the "Creators" who evolved from human beings millions of years in the future.  The Creators are deities who can travel through time and mold time/space with their minds.  Aten wants King Arthur to die so his empire of Saxon barbarians can conquer Europe.  Anya, Orion's lover, opposes Aten and the other Creators who seek to change history.

In the interplay of time travel, there's a danger the Creators will actually write themselves out of existence by destroying the their current timeline.  In this book, Orion learns to master time/space and become a deity, instead of one of Aten's creations.

Ben Bova's a literary master.  His writing style is effortless.  It was very easy for me to read this book.  I believe it's a lost art.  It only comes with years of practice.  Being an expert storyteller also helps.  I remember some of his earlier work.  It was refreshing to read something new from the master.


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