Saturday, January 23, 2010

Book Review: Nomads of the Sky

In a throw-back to 1992, I'm going to review one of my all time favorite books, Nomads of the Sky by William H. Keith, Jr. (hereby referred to as just Keith Jr).

Keith Jr creates a brilliant masterpiece, building a universe that sparks the reader's imagination.

"Space was a velvet blackness, made glorious by the unwinking diamond dust of stars." (Nomads of the Sky, W. Keith, 1992)
This first line had a sci-fi chick like me dreaming off into space. By the end of the first paragraph I was fully enveloped in the story. Hell, I was the main character. I could feel space, the shuttle, even smell the tree space colony!

What enthralled me the most was the intricate way he built the universal society and made it believable. The tree space colony, done wrong, could've come across as crazy and laughable. Instead, his logical approach made me wonder why it hadn't been talked about in main stream science.

Now, the way the tree culture sustained their life....Well, yeah. I'll leave that up to you to read and find out about.

And, let me tell you the SCI in sci-fi is not overpowering or nauseating. It's just right and fits the storyline. Not only that, it helps unveal the character's flaws and strengths throughout the story.

So if you're looking for a classical, well written science fiction novel with well developed characters and plot, pick up the oldie but goodie Nomads of the Sky by William H. Keith, Jr.

Good writing all!


  1. I'm always looking for good sci-fi books to read. This one escaped me, I'd admit. 1992...yep. It puts it right about my reading dark ages. Thanks for posting!

  2. You'll have to catch up now! This one is a great book to start with.

    Glad I could help, I think you'll really like it.