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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Landscape of Darkness

Landscape of Light/Landscape of Darkness The Cyber-Threshold war left empty cities and broken bodies scattered across the face of the Earth. Cyber tech was outlawed and new technologies advanced along different lines, utilizing living crystal technologies. In time, mankind spread to the stars. Two hundred years later, the colony world of Lucen 5 receives a shipment of contraband blue dust impregnated with nanobots. Inhalation transforms a human being into a cyborg. Police Captain Sam Mercury races to find the source of the deadly dust before all mankind succumbs to cyber-infestation.

Landscape of Darkness (SF/Space Opera)
By Sara Light-Waller
Lucina Press
ISBN #978-1979663069
98 Pages
Price $7.99 (Paperback
Rating 5-Stars

Right out of the pulp magazines of the 1930s & ‘40s, the author spins her tale of space opera as if she was writing for Amazing Stories in its heyday. Captain Sam Mercury learns of a plot to bombard Neohatten with Heli-Blue, a cloud filled with nanobots. It’s been two hundred years since the war between humans and Cyborgs, and it was thought the Cyborgs long extinct, but now that may not be the case. Also, young Irene Turren has taken her ship to the forbidden sector, Delta 59, to meet someone who may be connected to the Heli-Blue situation. What he finds could be the end of the human race.

This was so much fun. I had to stop and check every so often to make sure I wasn’t reading a Captain Future yarn. Landscape of Darkness is a throwback to the glory days of the pulps, and the author’s writing shines as a fresh new face in an old formula. If you love space opera like I do, you’ll love this wild tale of adventure as mankind reaches outward to the stars while trying to save the human race from machines – the Cyborgs! Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson



  1. Thank you so much for lovely review, Tom! And the mention about Captain Future...oh yes! Some of my favorite stories. And we'll see Sam Mercury again too, with associates as remarkable as Grag, Otho, and Simon Wright of the Futuremen.

  2. (LOL) I knew you would recognize Captain Future, Sara. Loved the story.