British Summertime by Paul Cornell

British Summertime

Paul Cornell

This will really make you think though it seems to be just another alien story. It takes in time travel, alternate realities and glimpses of how life could have been if events in the time of Judas Escariot had been changed by future aliens. And there's a hidden political agenda regarding the fuel crisis! For all that, it is a great contemporary novel with important things to say.

Extract

The Crimson Dragon became a blistering white comet in the sky over southern England.
It made a high keening sound as it fell, the sound of something trying to fly.
It burst the barrier as soon as there was air enough. The booms echoed across a patchwork land below, where roads were jammed with traffic. There was a landscape of green beneath. Leyton roared the craft as the picture below became clearer and clearer. He hauled back on the joystick with all his weight. The radio blazed snatches of life from the earth below his face.

Parallels
  • The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
  • Prospero's Children by Jan Seigel

Books with similar mood

The New Wilderness

Diane Cook

The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood

Echoland

Per Petterson

I am the Brother of XX

Fleur Jaeggy

The Well

Catherine Chanter

The Pleasures of Men

Kate Williams

Bold as Love

Gwyneth Jones

In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman

Reckless

Hasan Ali Toptas

Man Tiger

Eka Kurniawan

Endgame

Ahmet Altan

Traveller of the Century

Andres Neuman

The History of History

Ida Hattemer-Higgins

The Reverse Side of Life

Lee Seung-U

The Portrait

Iain Pears

The Known World

Edward Jones

Soul Mountain

Gao Xingjian

As She Climbed Across the Table

Jonathan Lethem

Oblivion

David Foster Wallace

The Warehouse

Rob Hart

Muscle

Alan Trotter

Ninevah

Henrietta Rose-Innes

The Orchardist

Amanda Coplin

My Dearest Jonah

Matthew Crow

The Method

Juli Zeh

The Blasphemer

Nigel Farndale

The Hungry Ghosts

Anne Berry

Bar Flaubert

Alexis Stamatis

The Historian

Elizabeth Kostova

The Body and Seven Stories

Hanif Kureishi

Crawling at Night

Nani Power

Under the Frangipani

Mia Couto

My Lover's Lover

Maggie O'Farrell

Imaginings of Sand

Andre Brink

The Feast

Antony Sher

Border State

Tonu Onnepalu

Finbar's Hotel

Dermot Bolger

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

Elizabeth L Silver

The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Matthew Green

Splinter

Sebastian Fitzek

The Juggler

Sebastian Beaumont

Cosmopolis

Don DeLillo

Confession of a Murderer Told in One Night

Joseph Roth

Artemisia

Alexandra Lapierre

Fordlandia

Eduardo Sguiglia

Almost Strangers

Delsa Winer

The Migration

Helen Marshall

Norma

Sofi Oksanen