Alison Sinclair's previous sf novels were the well-reviewed Legacies
; this is her third. It opens in a bizarre setting of huge, cathedral-like caverns within an alien spacecraft--an environment designed for humans. This ship's broadcasts to Earth invited potential hitch-hikers to indicate their wish by waiting at the sea's edge on one particular night. No other promises are made, but more than 100,000 people accept the invitation...to find themselves suddenly aboard, with gaps in their memories. Alien biotechnology gobbles all their electronic gear (bad luck for the guy with the pacemaker) and poses subtle, continuing challenges. What follows is a slow learning process, sometimes painful, sometimes rewarding, as the passengers struggle to master their surroundings, and vice-versa. Both must adapt. Meanwhile, where are the aliens themselves? There are hints and glimpses, but also an artful reference to Waiting for Godot
... Sinclair tells her tale in jigsaw sections, from a number of very human, believable and likeable character viewpoints. The traditional four horsemen--death, famine, plague, and even war--all harass our spacefarers before the final revelations and an exhilarating vision of the philosophy behind this immense journey. Cavalcade
is written with charm and professional skill. --David Langford
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The aliens have landed and sent out an invitation to the people of the world - a one-way ticket to a better life - first rate sf from a young British author