The invention of a faster-than-light “Galactic Highway” carries humanity farther into space than ever before – and directly into conflict with an parasitic alien species.

I think the depth of darkness is greater in us humans than it is in space. Sometimes I think we’re the real anti-matter in this galaxy.

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Why is this on our bookshelf?

The Depth of Darkness covers just about every sci-fi touchstone there is: scientific discovery, interstellar travel, alien races, space battles.

Beyond merely sating your space-y, science-y appetite, the story also delves into political intrigue and a bit of murder mystery.

Rating (2 stars)

While the story does cover FTL travel and alien races, it’s weighted down far too much by the central conflict of a race of megalomaniacal parasites reminiscent of Stargate SG-1.

This plot issue would be acceptable, if there were any real explanation of who/what the race is, where they came from, what they want, or even why they’re involved in the first place. Character dialog is juvenile at best, and major character development is all but non-existent. The story’s main character pendulums from socially awkward scientist to rebellious anti-establishment fugitive to callous coroner so quickly it’s impossible to establish a baseline for his personality.