Bedtime Reading

FarsideAbove is an excerpt from a Science Fiction novel that I picked up at the library yesterday for light bedtime reading. It’s by a master of the genre who has been active as a writer since the 1960s.

The novel was published by a leading New York SF publisher in 2013, and is set in the late 21st century when humanity is on the cusp of establishing an observatory on the far side of the moon.

To the author’s credit, one of his central characters is a female astronomer (a Canadian, no less). True, he does describe her as “mousy” when he introduces her, and has her fretting over her appearance when she meets a hunky fellow passenger on the flight that delivers her to the moon’s far side.

Then this passage popped up a few chapters later as part of the character’s back story. It reads like an excerpt from the memoirs of a certain comic who’s been in the news a lot lately. I’m not far enough into the book to know if the author has the character revisit the sexual assault in a more substantive manner in future chapters (perhaps by seeking justice against her assailant) but I’m not holding my breath. The “that” that the character is referring to, btw, is losing her virginity.

Bizarre that a scene like this could appear in a book published in 2013.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

9 thoughts on “Bedtime Reading”

  1. “Bizarre that a scene like this could appear in a book published in 2013.”

    Can you elaborate the problem?

  2. @Moon Daddy – You can’t figure out what the problem is? Seriously?!?

    I’m just going to assume that you were trying to be funny….

  3. No, really. Someone got drugged and raped. This happens all the time. Are we supposed to not write about this? Are you for censorship? This begs my question, just what is the issue here?

  4. The problem here is the flippant way the author portrays the rape, like it is no big deal. The author clearly has no idea the mindset of a woman after such a traumatic experience. Does anyone think a woman can feel nonchalant about this experience?

    Slowly read what the author has written and ask yourself if a caring individual about women’s issues would write this way.

    Then remember that this book was published in 2013.

    I am sad that Mr. Beatty understood what the problem with this book was, but you thought it was about censorship.

  5. I am a woman, and I’ve had mornings like that. Sometimes the pain is just blah and not YAARGHHH!!! and you just carry on with your life.

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