Arena by Karen Hancock

By Karen Hancock

A trip she didn't decide upon will attempt her braveness and alter her existence forever

When Callie Hayes agreed to take part in a regimen psychology learn test, she had no clue she'd locate herself plunged right into a terrifying international the place a conflict rages among solid and evil. With constrained assets and just a couple of cryptic phrases to lead her, she needs to resolve the mysteries shrouding her purely path of break out or possibility succumbing to the lethal deception of the Arena.

Multiple-award-winning writer Karen Hancock leads readers on a spell binding trip as her compelling characters navigate the lethal terrain of a antagonistic global during this repackage of her acclaimed debut novel.

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As early as 1946, he was prophesying a new age of exploration, and in 1962 speculated on the possible revival, if not of epic, then at least of something approaching it: ‘surely the discoveries and adventures, the triumphs and inevitable tragedies that must accompany man’s drive toward the stars will one day inspire a new heroic literature’. Clarke consistently stressed science fiction’s unique capacity to evoke wonder and to inspire readers with large visions. Thus when spaceships appear over the world’s cities in Childhood’s End (1953), the story sounds like the script of a B-movie from that decade – until contact begins with the aliens.

One of the most recurrent themes in science fiction is its examination of humanity’s relation to its own material constructions, sometimes to celebrate progress, sometimes in a more negative spirit of what Isaac Asimov has repeatedly described as technophobia, through fictions articulating fears of human displacement. As we shall see later in this chapter, the city becomes a key embodiment of futuristic technology and, as the German sociologist Walter Benjamin showed, a labyrinthine, fragmented space, which encouraged characteristically urban processes of cognition on its inhabitants.

One of the most famous novels to use this pattern was A. E. Van Vogt’s The Voyage of Space Beagle (1950, a ‘fix-up’ from previous short stories), whose title echoes Charles Darwin’s naturalist journal of his travels round the world, The Voyage of Beagle (1839). The purpose of Van Vogt’s voyage is scientific exploration for the Nexial Foundation, and he applies a Darwinian presumption that contact with other species will produce conflict. The Space Beagle undergoes four encounters, of decreasing materiality: first with a cat-like creature, then with telepathic birds, and a creature living in space wanting to implant eggs in a human host, finally with a consciousness at large in space.

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