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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
We are not alone. Intelligent Design: Revelations to Apocalypse by J.M. Erickson rewrites not just Earth's history but our entire galaxy's past as well, and offers us a future where humanity must rely on the help of intelligent beings in order to stave off extinction. Terra has long been hidden from the prying sensors of Earth. It is a planet populated by beings with a distinct heritage, yet one strongly connected to our own. As humanity is on the verge of discovering Terra, cataclysmic events are unfolding in our corner of the universe, events that could spell the end of the human race.
There are numerous paths that a science fiction writer can take when crafting a novel. Authors could choose to go the science fiction is simply soon-to-be science fact route, unfolding a future that is firmly rooted in the advances being made in the present. They could choose the alternate history route, where events diverge from a single point in history and with past events creating a radical departure from our norm. Science fiction writers can also choose the route of exploring the many unexplored possibilities inherent in our universe and making these possibilities clash with our current reality. J.M. Erickson's Intelligent Design: Revelations to Apocalypse manages to weave these three paths together to create a journey all science fiction enthusiasts should undertake.
In the vein of the Golden Age of science fiction writers like Asimov, del Rey, Clarke, and de Camp, Erickson manages to reflect on humanity's foibles and traits by providing a counterpoint, a unique society that is also very familiar. Erickson makes us see our species at its best -intelligent, tolerant and focused - and also forces us to face some of our less positive aspects. The philosophical undertones inherent in science fiction novels are particularly emphatic in this one. I was forced to take several brief respites just to think of the ramifications of Erickson's premise and how humanity in all its diverse forms would react. J.M. Erickson's Intelligent Design: Revelations to Apocalypse has many layers that are uncovered at a breakneck pace. It sprawls at times, touching on numerous subjects, but always manages to rein it in to focus on the main story lines. This is one novel casual readers and die-hard science fiction fans can equally enjoy.