The Perihelion

Complete Duology

Fiction - Science Fiction
750 Pages
Reviewed on 06/19/2018
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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

The Perihelion: Complete Duology by D.M. Wozniak offers up both the original title story and its sequel - An Obliquity. Together, these two highly intelligent science fiction novels (now included in one book) comprise the uniquely creative, meticulously well developed, and masterfully plotted future vision of Bluecore 1C (old Chicago evolved) and its human and mostly-human inhabitants. The cast of Perihelion is the foundation on which this fascinating novel is built. Especially, the mostly-humans. Somewhat derogatorily, they are referred to as 99’ers – implying they are 99% human and 1% something else. And though they are actually less than 1% something else – leopard, wasp, cephalopod – it’s the tiny bit of beast that makes them so extraordinary. And treated most inhumanely. And creates their conspiracy for freedom. The Island of Dr. Moreau, as modernized for future Earth.

D.M. Wozniak excels at incorporating fresh ideas, complex plotting, and fascinating characters into The Perihelion. He creates a world so internally consistent and amazing that the reader participates as the highly awestruck observer just passing through, but one helplessly caught up in a precise moment of future history that will forever change the world. Someone is murdering the leopards. Sexual enticement explodes their hearts. A journalist researching the mysterious pattern of these otherwise unnoticed deaths, using a tiny, personalized drone called a hummingbird (labeling himself as such as well) becomes enmeshed in this traitorously deceptive crime, and soon finds himself at equal risk to the 99’ers, who after all want only equal treatment with the humans. A classic theme, treated expertly in this our future world.

K.C. Finn

The Perihelion is a collection of futuristic science fiction works by D.M. Wozniak, with an epic length. In this complete duology, readers receive The Perihelion, An Obliquity and a bonus novella: The Rue Cler Decommission. The world of the action is Bluecore 1C, a re-imagined Chicago in the not too distant future, where dystopia reigns supreme and survival is a matter of everyday necessity. The novel features a fascinating array of characters with six central figures, mainly those who are not quite human and share 1% of their DNA with the animal kingdom. Depending on the animal, this gives them a fascinating set of abilities, but also a whole host of prejudices which they face because of their skills.

D.M. Wozniak has done an incredible job in building a lavish world where this intriguing science fiction concept can run wild and play with our imaginations. The Perihelion is no mean feat to get through, but readers who enjoy a deep, immersive experience are sure to get the very best of Bluecore 1C and the people trying to get by there in the post-riot era. I particularly enjoyed the presentation of Leo, whose leopard-DNA tendencies made his scenes tense and exciting. Gavivi the journalist was also a big favorite, and I really loved seeing how the media is as entrenched in Bluecore 1C as it is in big city life today. I would highly recommend The Perihelion to anyone seeking intelligent, literary science fiction and those who love ensemble character explorations.

Justine Reyes

D.M. Wozniak’s The Perihelion: Complete Duology includes his novels The Perihelion, An Obliquity, and a short story called the Rue Cler Decommission which leads up to the events in the two main novels. In The Perihelion and An Obliquity, readers follow six different protagonists in a cyberpunk, tech-noir world set in 2069 Chicago, now known as Bluecore 1C. In Wozniak’s world, human DNA has been partially integrated with that of animals. This new species of humanity is called the 99ers, ninety-nine percent human and one percent animal. Of course, much like in today’s society, being even slightly different can get you killed. Someone is out to kill certain 99ers and anyone who gets too close to the truth.

D.M. Wozniak is a masterful writer. The concepts of The Perihelion and An Obliquity are nothing new to science fiction, but the way in which Wozniak executes his vision is superb! Despite having such a large cast of characters, Wozniak was able to make them diverse enough to be easily memorable. Readers should know that as the main characters’ story lines begin to converge, this book will become even harder to put down. There are two main plot lines which are easy enough to follow, but beforehand it should be said that Wozniak has hidden several subliminal messages within his story. This might not be important to the main plots, but it is integral to what makes Wozniak’s The Perihelion: Complete Duology so unique. Readers should gear up for this futuristic thriller; it is a highly addictive read.