Shambhala Space Station, 2097. Solitary physicist Callisto (physics, after all, is a jealous mistress) never accepted conventional wisdom. So when she’s recruited to work on faster-than-light technology by a beautiful and mysterious older woman, she eagerly accepts the career opportunity at the women-only research station orbiting Earth’s moon. But her enthusiasm suffers when her first discovery is unexpected heartbreak.
Throwing herself into work on a problematic warp drive prototype, Calli blossoms in the utopian female community that shows her love and acceptance for the first time in her life. But when a twisted conspiracy, a disingenuous affair, and a disastrous betrayal test her place in this unique environment, the brilliant scientist must dig deep to find her moment of truth. Will Calli embrace her destiny in an unexplored cosmos?
Callisto 2.0 is the transformative first book in the Shambhala Saga feminist science fiction series. If you like compassionate characters, deep-space intrigue, and hopeful visions of the future, then you’ll adore Susan English’s cosmic adventure.
Review of Callisto 2.0
Callisto 2.0 presents a lovely vision of a women’s society that is based on pure science, cooperation and friendship. What scientist wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to do pure research? No papers required. No quotas to meet. Just research for the sake of knowledge. Plus, no back-biting competition from other scientists. Only cooperative, helpful scientists. And, there are no men.
Susan English portrays a captivating feminist dream of a women’s community for scientific advancement. I found myself lulled into a sense of happy satisfaction for these women of diverse backgrounds coming together to make a better world.
Mind you, not all types of scientific research are desired at Shambala. The creators of this idyllic society do have a goal in mind. What is not completely evident to the scientists at first becomes increasingly obvious to the reader as the story continues. This resulted in a lack of suspense that also made the story a bit of a dragger.
Not that I disagreed with the goal. But the fact that the scientists did not question the ultimate goal of their research was not quite believable. Also unbelievable was the absolute harmony that seemed to pervade the research station. Believe me, I am on board for all the harmony I can get, but in real life, people naturally create conflict.
If you want believable science fiction, you might not appreciate this one. Despite the drawbacks, I am still giving Callisto 2.0 four stars. Why? Because, I enjoyed reading about this graceful feminist conception of a women’s society aiming for a better life. Want to read something hopeful? Read Callisto 2.0.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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