To­mor­row Never Knows

By Jupiter, it’s mur­der!

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books - David West

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352 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thor: Ed­die Rob­son Pub­lisher: Snow Books The bad news in Ed­die Rob­son’s To­mor­row Never Knows is that even af­ter colonis­ing Jupiter and its moons, mankind re­mains be­set by the plague of hip­sters, “telling them­selves that they lived both at the bleed­ing edge of NOW and also in another, more au­then­tic time of their own choos­ing,” in Rob­son’s words.

De­spite the Jo­vian set­ting, the story feels firmly rooted in the con­tem­po­rary. Peo­ple ob­sess over so­cial media and there are ref­er­ences to New Or­der and Now That’s What I Call Mu­sic com­pi­la­tions, plus a church that wor­ships The Bea­tles ( hence the ti­tle). At the cen­tre of the novel is Loreto, a float­ing city on Jupiter, where Magic Alex, a pas­tor in the afore­men­tioned church of the Fab Four, is framed for mur­der. To­mas, a sa­vant with a tal­ent for num­bers, sus­pects some­thing is wrong with the city it­self, while col­lege dropout Ash­ton has the strange abil­ity to read peo­ple’s lives from touch­ing their hair...

Rob­son has a whim­si­cal, gen­tly comic style which makes his prose very di­gestible, but there’s a lack of ur­gency in Alex’s predica­ment and it takes a long time for the dif­fer­ent strands to weave to­gether. Rob­son is guilty of with­hold­ing in­for­ma­tion from the reader to suit the plot, and the fi­nal act deus ex machina is awk­ward, but the breezy tone helps to smooth out the bumps in the road.

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