Scat by Jim Graham

September 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , )

 Scat by Jim Graham is a great, futuristic tale involving everything you could expect to come from a Sci-fi story; be it rebels wanting to break their chains to Earth or frightening, very god-like aliens. The word Scat is actually a person, a high ranking Earth soldier with the last name Scatkiewicz. Soon after the story begins, he is hired to act as a spy and help keep an eye on the ever-growing society of those who live away from the planet, people who find that their lives and work only produce what is endlessly gobbled up by the very overpopulated Earth.

Because the people of Earth’s great demand for resources that they now find dwindling at home can be supplied by matter upon exoplanets, the idea of colonization becomes quite profitable. In fact, the money to be made makes it where most space exploration is funded by corporations who want control of the new possible commodities instead of relying upon countries that are looking to expand. This means that people who live off of Earth often resent the ‘home’ planet; its demand of materials that supply funds the corporations, who in turn are able to make nearly any demand of citizens on the planets they own so they can produce more and drive up the demand.

The corporations are forever looking for new, valuable property to claim. Because of this, when an item of unknown origin is encountered, the company who finds it tries to seal the priceless artifact away for their own inspection rather than letting their findings be known. Now, this is much more selfish than a simple case of hoarding. When considering the new technologies and possible monetary value the seeming space-junk may hold, i’s finders feel they have the right to ignore rules and procedures for alien contact that  were put forth to look after humanity’s safety, and do so with barely a moment’s thought.

Living as a spy to try getting close to people can start to make that spy see things from the ‘enemy’s’ point of view. Before long Scat almost considers himself to to be one of the colony-rebels. His experience as a soldier before-hand makes him to be a quite worthy adversary. The problem that his enemies face is deciding if it would do them better to rid the universe of is anger for them or to try using his strength as their own asset.

This story had me riveted. I enjoyed the interactions between the people, and the descriptions of futuristic technology. The idea of the controller aliens and their technology caught me as sickeningly fun.

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  1. Birdie Down by Jim Graham « Sarah's Readings said,

    […] Down by Jim Graham is an interesting side story that takes place in Graham’s Scat universe. In 2210, rebels led by Sebastian Scatkiewicz (known as ‘Scat’) are […]

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