‘Arohan’ is science fiction published in Hindi by Rajkamal Publications. It is the translation of the English ‘Ascendance’ brought out by Rupa Publications in 2018
The next time you see the moon shining brightly in the night sky, imagine that soon it will be inhabited by humans living and working there. Humanity’s journey of moving towards other planets would then have actually begun.
My book Ascendance was reviewed in the premier journal ‘Indian Literature” of the Indian Academy of Letters, Sahitya Academy.
These leaps of human enquiry into the realm of space represent an audacity of hope and endeavour. They impact our day to day lives in myriad ways.
All four of them gazed wistfully at the image of Earth that was flashing on the screen before them. It was a glorious sight – blue with its oceans and white and green patches. Humans would conquer the virus, but would they be able to conquer themselves?
The year 2019 has been an inflection point, an exceptional year for Indian science fiction.
In an interconnected world, Moscow’s charm emanated from its very distinct identity and an almost alternate idea to what one had always conceived as developed and ideal.
The challenge of sci-fi is that a new world with all its dimensions has to be imagined. It has to be populated by characters – living or machines – that are distinct, yet remain plausible. Keeping it believable – that is the key.
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!