A common thread in recent book club reads has been that the last two works we have read have been science fiction works by two Asian authors.
The first book, Cixin Liu’s award-winner, The Three Body Problem, has believable characters in a story where a plausible secret project involving extraterrestrial communication opens up new possibilities.The references to the Cultural Revolution in Japan really set the stage for the story very well. Taiyo Fujii’s The Gene Mapper, an equally compelling novel with memorable characters, involves a mutation in a genetically-engineered crop produced at a rice plant, and as the plot thickens, the challenges become more complex in a world that seems to be ever-changing. Much tension can be found in each of these novels, as moral questions arise about the consequences of scientific and technological progress.
Even though both authors are immensely talented, probably Liu is more well known for winning the Hugo Award for Science Fiction, and such. But if The Gene Mapper is any indication where Fujii is going, I would say he is an up and comer on the Science Fiction stage. I look forward to more great book club reads like these.