Michael McCollum’s Euclid’s Wall is a Science Fiction novel with a twist: it takes place in a future where almost all technology has been lost and the action all takes place on a old fashion rigged sailing ship. However, this is not your typical post-nuclear-holocaust scifi novel, and in more ways than one almost reads more like Billy Budd or a Robert Louis Stevenson novel in that it is very much a sailing novel.
But it is a science fiction novel, and every time I had a question that I thought wasn’t covered, it was answered later in the book.
I don’t want to give away too much because a lot of the fun is finding out exactly what is going on, but the science is solid, the story is engaging, and the characters are interesting.
McCollum’s detail for solid science in his writing should come as no surprise, he’s worked as an engineer for most of his life, including redesigned a valve that failed at Three Mile Island after its unfortunate failure.