Before I opted to remove Sci-Fi from my review policy, I committed to reading A.K. Stone’s opus “Adam” – and I’m quite glad I did. Written for the adult reader but still appropriate for a younger audience, “Adam” is a sci-fi tome that attempts to modernize the genre, if that’s even possible. Can you modernize the future? If A.K. Stone’s writing is any indicator, it’s certainly a possibility.
With obvious inspirations from the Kubrick/Spielberg criminally underrated “A.I.” and Kubricks masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Stone spins a tale that possesses just enough genre conventions to satiate the needs of the seasoned sci-fi reader but also evokes humor to keep it a tad lighthearted. In my experience reviewing sci-fi works, authors tend to overly describe otherworldly locales and hybrid species that litter galaxies far, far away. While “Adam” has the requisite forward thinking mentality and coldness that the future apparently has, there’s still some heart lurking below the monochromatic surface.
Kudos also to Stone for not using dialogue that comes across as pretentious or unbelievable. Ditto for his talent at depicting anther world with a prosaic quality that gives the book a level of literary panache. You can’t hide the fact that Stone is clearly an educated individual as his intelligence emanates from every carefully selected word.
Stone’s propensity to create a tale that is a literal a mash up of genres works on many levels. It’s a fine balance in story telling, and a clear glimpse of a master at work.