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Hope this leaves you enough time to relax by yourself after the flight up from Earth. Looking forward to meeting you personally, Sarah Sanchez, Arthur Fukuda . The door’s unlocked but can be scoped to your retinal print if you want the house secured.

Howard Vincent Hendrix (born 1959) is an American scholar and science fiction writer. He is the author of the novels Lightpaths and Standing Wave, Better Angels, Empty Cities of the Full Moon, The Labyrinth Key, and Spears of God. His early short stories are found in the ebook Mobius Highway. Howard Vincent Hendrix was born in 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Xavier University

space-age slice of life" (Publishers Weekly), and its "brilliant" (Locus) follow-up, Standing Wave. Now he meshes virtual reality, deep-space exploration, and human nature in a novel starkly breathtaking in its portrayal of the quest for meaning against a backdrop of scientific and spiritual chaos

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A former professor of English, Howard V. Hendrix has turned his hand to science fiction in novels such as Light Paths, Standing Wave . Hendrix has turned his hand to science fiction in novels such as Light Paths, Standing Wave, Better Angels, and Empty Cities of the Full Moon. I am a secular mystic," Hendrix noted in a Locus interview. It's obviously an oxymoronic phrase. I've been through a lot of different organized religions, and I have some personal trouble with them. Hendrix's cast of characters includes the wealthy Roger Cortland, the book's "villain," according to Hendrix in his Locus interview; Cortland's scientist mother; and a corporate spy. This very high-tech world must ultimately find a way to combat a newly aggressive Earth if it is to survive.

In a self-contained city high above the Earth, four thousand permanent residents come to the startling conclusion that their orbiting complex is far from the utopia they had believed it to be. Original.

LIGHTPATHS by Howard V. Hendrix is a science fiction blend of some of my favorite things: ecology, mystery, philosophy, psychology, science, sociology, technology, believable characters and those incredible descriptive passages that put the reader right into the story!
What a great way to start my recent vacation: A cup of coffee and this book. Suddenly I'm "on my way to the Orbital Complex, the center of controversy with certain groups on Earth, along with a few of the characters all of whom are researchers." But their chatter and thoughts do not prepare me for experiencing the Orbital Complex and events to come through Howard Hendrix's mind!
One human-relevant feature of this science fiction work is the notion of an Orbital Complex or global colony orbiting the earth complete with homes, gardens, water supply, animals, and atmosphere, etc.; not a far-fetched idea these days! Even more relevant to today's world is the pervasive presence of the computer and its components in every aspect of human life (And, just how DO we plan to manage all of the information coming our way at an ever faster pace?)!! In addition, the author delves with gusto into the mind-body problem so dear to psychological researchers' hearts. LIGHTPATHS also reminds us that we need, TODAY, to address important social and environmental issues.
Readers who enjoy Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and Frank Herbert (to name a few) will find LIGHTPATHS difficult to put down! I look forward to Hendrix's next work which I understand is due out soon.
Don't let the quote about being a cross between Heinlein and Gibson fool you: Lightpaths is tragically nothing like either.
To begin with, the book is probably preachier than most religious texts ever written, but with less meat to it. The concept: If we all just try a little bit harder to get eutopia right, we can do it. (That alone should prove it's not anything like Gibson.) But even people who can stomach this ridiculous premise will have trouble with the way that the book is crafted.
The plot... isn't there. I read the entire book, and I assure you there is absolutely no plot. There are hints of a plot from time to time, inklings at the end of a chapter that something might be starting to happen, but ultimately these fizzle out and most go either unexplained or else aren't exhumed until the end. The book takes place over about a month, during which huge crisis situations are largely ignored by the characters in the best position to do anything. (Apparently this is okay, because everything sorts itself out in the end without anyone having to do anything except stand around and explain it to the reader. Yay.)
The characters are somewhat worse than the plot. Almost every single one is obsessed with the idea of eutopia, above and beyond what could be explained away by the selection process used to determine the Orbital Park's population. Large segments of the book are spent following Marissa's astoundingly tedious researches into eutopia under the guidance of Roger's equally tedious mother, or Jhana's aimless wandering around the station when she's supposed to be doing something--but doesn't. Roger, the only skeptic in the bunch, loses his value as a character when he goes insane (for reasons that were somehow never explained), basically showing that the only sane people are the starry-eyed weirdos who aren't doing anything. There are of course other characters who can deal with the vital systems threatened by the seemingly unimportant crisis, but their effort is spent mostly on preparing for a new concert. Somehow I think that hostile computer code infesting the life-support system and churning out mysterious satellites that provoke military reactions is a little more serious an issue, but then I guess it's okay to put that on hold for three or four days before talking to the right people or checking out the hardware. After all, entertainment is more important than breathing.
But there's more to say about the preachiness. The characters--all except Roger--are preachy. The climax of the book is preachy. As the non-plot develops it gets even preachier. And every single character nods along with this like a mob of zombies, with no real sense of fear about the important things going on around them. By the end I couldn't stop rolling my eyes.
The moral of the story is: When magic mushrooms are your main character, who needs a plot?
I want to start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. That is, once I realized what it is. Or rather, what it isn't. This book is pushed as science fiction with names like Heinlein and Gibson mentioned on the cover and it is science fiction in the sense that it's fiction set in the future in a set-up generated by scientific advances-- but it isn't science fiction in terms of adhering to classic genre rules or plot. Several points:
1) This is a novel musing on the possibility of Utopia in a future where our 'greed and growth' (as the book puts it) have grown to dangerous proportions.
2) Not a whole lot happens to anything except on an internal and a narrowly interpersonal level. Don't look for action.
3) Occasionally very dense passages heavily laced with current and historic utopian thinkers. I've read 'em, so it meant something to me. I shudder to think what it would have been like if I hadn't.
4) Charactization gets lost, sometimes, in all the philosophizing. Roger, in particular, feels a little bit stock.
5) The ending has some definite lameness. It's as though he suddenly woke up and decided he had to put some action in, quick. So he did.
If you go into the book while knowing all of the above, you may well enjoy it quite a bit. If you go in expecting escapist genre fiction, it's really going to suck.