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Original Sin

By Andy Lane

Book review by Nicholas Withers

Original Sin is Andy Lane's atoning act for the very 'fannish' All Consuming Fire. Like Cornell's abomination Goth Opera, Andy Lane produced his own turkey, dragging Sherlock Holmes and the Cthulhu mythos in to a book about as subtle as a concrete block in the face. Original Sin is definitely a vast improvement. It is set 1000 years in the future where the Earth Empire, and more specifically humanity, dominates much of the galaxy. Among the creatures inhabiting this book are slugs, truly disturbed scientists, and an assortment of genetically engineered humans.

Again the Doctor and Benny appear to be working well together. The new companions are introduced well, with Forrester appear early as the cynical brains of the duo. Cwej's personality is a tad too extreme, almost falling into an adolescent 'Don Quixote' type. While his complete lack of cynicism and his sickening 'chumminess' provide a counter balance to Forrester, they make him ultimately unreasonable. In short, nobody can be that much of a nice guy.

Lane has also carefully constructed both interesting individuals and civilisations in this book which help to add a sense of realism. However the idea of the Adjudicators does feel slightly Judge Dreddish. Watch for the slightly deranged physicist, my favourite individual to come out of a New Adventure novel yet.

It is definitely big budget Star Wars type atmosphere with a nice slice of techno-babble to center the plot on. This is good Doctor Who with the right balance of action, mystery, science fiction, and philosophical discussion. All this, and a special guest star. Read.

This item appeared in TSV 45 (September 1995).

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