Dan Simmons writes about the doomed Franklin expedition, a trip into the arctic that resulted in the two expedition boats, Erebus and Terror,Â being stuck in ice for two full years.Â Some of the reasons I liked it, from concrete to less concrete:
- It’s historical fantasy.Â Dan Simmons did his homework well, and there is a feast of details.Â And what futurist isn’t interested in the past?
- The setting is extreme, different, and dealt with well
- The Arctic of this book isÂ a serious contrast to the clear water up there now, and thus, illustrative of both the speed of change, and of what we are losing
- While in many ways its a book about death, its sweetly redemptive
- Like most good historical novels, there are resonances and echoes between then and now
Â If you decide to read it, be patient.Â It’s long, and I found it a little hard to find an entry point into, but once hooked, it was fabulous.