Is Death Really Necessary?

Fiction - Science Fiction
236 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2019
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Author Biography

Judi Moore is a British author. She has been producing poetry, long and short fiction, and reviews of poetry, literature and music since 1997.

Between 2006 and 2013 she was a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing for the Open University, covering poetry, short fiction and life-writing.

In 2017 the Open University choir commissioned her to write the lyrics for a 20-minute piece of music for choir, brass ensemble and percussion as part of the celebrations for the year-long festival MK50.

She has published four volumes of fiction. Wonders will never cease, (2017), Is death really necessary? (2009), Little Mouse: a novella (2014) and Ice cold passion and other stories (2015).

She reviews indie fiction for ‘Big Al & Pals’ in the United States. On her own blog she reviews whatever other creative endeavours catch her eye.

When writing fiction she finds this naturally sets itself in the recent past (which itself is a pretty broad canvas), but she has a magpie’s eye and will write any story that speaks to her.

Judi was born and brought up in Cornwall, went to university in Wales and lived in Milton Keynes between 1980 and 2015. After 12 years of planning, she now lives very happily beside the seaside in Dorset, with five cats and a cat-pecked dog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite

Terry Goldstein is dying, but she manages to leave her highland home and travel by jet pod to Edinburgh for the funeral of her father. Later, at the reading of the will, she is surprised to have been left the company which had been her father’s lifetime obsession - the company that took him away, making him a virtual stranger to her as she grew up. Is Death Really Necessary? by Judi Moore launches us straight into the complex world of nanotechnology and is a fast-paced adventure which will find Terry using the resources of her newly acquired company to launch a project to save herself; a project which will have far-reaching implications for the whole human race; a project which will bring her love, adventure and much, much more. But the brilliant, secretive, unpredictable genius who will bring about her salvation has his own agenda. Determined to put an end to fossil fuel powered personal transport, the project which he runs in tandem will bring about even greater changes to the entire planet. Journalist Lox Tuthill and Detective Sergeant McCall are both determined to track down those involved. But as the fabric of society starts to fall apart, will they have any chance at all to bring a halt to the impending nanoid-fuelled disaster facing humanity?

Is Death Really Necessary? is part science fiction, part thriller and part love story. Judi Moore’s title doesn’t really give much of a clue as to the narrative content of what is a very readable book. The story line moves along at a brisk pace and involves a cast of solid, believable characters immersed in a complex but well thought out plot. The author deals with difficult technical concepts in a way that a layman can easily follow. I did feel, however, that the truly dramatic, global repercussions of the nanotech projects described in the book seemed rather inconsequential to the characters involved. These were treated with seeming nonchalance, perhaps some indifference. Nevertheless, I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought the characterizations, particularly that of D.S. McCall, worked very well. Judi Moore is a talented author and I do not hesitate to recommend this book.