Book Review - Hellstar

, in Films, Science Fiction

Hellstar by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry

Cover picture from Hellstar Earth's first colony ship to the stars is going fine, several decades into its trip to a distant habitable planet. The 8000 inhabitants are healthy and happy in their metal torus. But slowly things start going wrong - mechanical failures and strange physical phenomena manifest themselves with increasing frequency, and soon the population starts showing the strain. A serial killer and a dangerous recreational drug don't help things either.

Hellstar, despite the terrible title, is actually not a bad hard scifi (with a few mystical overtones) thriller. By no stretch of the imagination is it a good book, but it is well-paced and its only real major crime was being written in 1986.

It's time to bring out The Eighties Scifi Paperback Checklist:

Final Verdict: mid-eighties, quick, brainless summer reading.