Time is a funny thing. We live in an era when newness seems to be everything. We devour the latest TV and films. We snap up the latest games as soon as they’re available. We queue up to be the first to own the latest smart phone. You’re either The Next Big Thing or you’re yesterday’s news.
But many things improve with age – fine wines, objets d’art and – as Paul Di Filippo reminds us – books. Or, more precisely, the reputation and importance of certain books.
George Zebrowski published three books from 1977 through 1983 which were collected in that latter year as The Omega Point Trilogy. All that publishing history happened from forty to thirty years ago, far enough back for us to finally perhaps say something really solid about them. The three books of the trilogy were Ashes and Stars; The Omega Point; and Mirror of Minds.
Together, I think, they constitute one of the highpoints of that era in our genre, a late-period exfoliation of recomplicated Golden Age space opera, and should be properly invested as such . . .
You can read the entire review on the Locus website. You can find the Omega Point Trilogy and more of George Zebrowski’s work via his Author page on the Gateway website, and read about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.