My book Ascendance was reviewed in the premier journal ‘Indian Literature” of the Indian Academy of Letters, Sahitya Academy.
When men and women don’t need each other: A review of Sadhna Shanker’s Ascendance Gautham Shenoy June 30, 2019 https://factordaily.com/sadhna-shanker-ascendance-scifi-review/ On a distant planet called Elone, in the distant future, live two ‘species’ antagonistic to one another. Given their violent past – that began on their home planet, and continued even after this new planet was…
Even by the end, you can’t guess how the two sides could resolve their differences, you know that you need to hold on tight and trust her imagination. Because the ending, when it comes, blows you away!
She asked insightful questions on the impact of being Indian on the book and the underlying thread of violence. Made me think!
Review in a literary journal….
Brahmaputra Literary Festival, Guwahati, Assam
Great experiences, with different audiences and different milieus.
Ascendance relies more on philosophical evaluation rather than action-packed occasions. It has a whodunit factor that answered to the thirst for mystery.
When I started out I had nebulous ideas about immortality, gender dynamics and the potential of technology to transform our existence. We are moving towards a huge change in human life – I don’t have doubts about it anymore.
It is not easy to create a new world and terminology. One require to imagine the things and then wave it with possibilities and probabilities. The author did it quite well. The book remains true to its genre.