Like his previous story, the superb "Homesick," Mr. Joseph’s "Web of Life" is rich with wild-yet-somehow-believable science, thrilling adventure, and most of all thoroughly developed characters whose ethics, morals, beliefs and relationships are challenged to the breaking point in terrifyingly distant realms of outer space. The writing is compelling, well-paced and does not rely on cliché. The author’s narration is clear, animated, and successful in that it never pulls you out of the story.
As with the best science fiction, Web of Life’s imaginatively out-there advances in science serve as a context in which to explore extremes of human experience and to raise difficult questions about humanity. Mr. Joseph’s characters are so tangible and three dimensional that it’s easy to forget they are fictional. So when they encounter this story’s unprecedented difficulties it is at times genuinely moving and truly heartbreaking.
Paul J. Joseph is creating some of the best fiction available in podcast now. Listen to his "Marker Stone" and "Homesick" for the full experience and to check out his characters’ previous adventures together.