Constelis Voss Vol. 1 — Paperback Direct
It was probably a mistake to place a trans guy's 90s-brain in a robot body while a technocratic dystopia was happening, but here we are.
Colour Theory is the debut novella of K Leigh, an autistic trans-masculine sci-fi
writer from Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The story is about an android with a
mysterious human past living on a fascist generation ship.
The book is fast-paced and kaleidoscopic. Reading it feels very much like being
dropped mid-season into a sci-fi cartoon or TV show from the 90s, while the story
refuses to subscribe to the heteronormativity and unselfconscious regurgitation of
genre tropes and character archetypes that often coloured fiction from that era.
It makes you feel nostalgic for a story that you’ve never heard, or a time that
didn’t actually exist. This approach to media is common for songwriters in the
contemporary hyperpop genre, whose music tends to evoke a set of sounds and
images from the popular culture of an earlier era (most likely the 80s, 90s, or the early
2000s), then mixes them up with newer, or more politically subversive sounds or
images to create a queer, compelling hybrid.
But you don’t see this hybrid, nostalgic approach in literature as much. K Leigh
uses it to great effect in this story, which doesn’t focus as much on the narrative, but
more on the emotions and psychology of its protagonists, while shamelessly deriving
its aesthetic influences from our cultural understanding of what popular (and populist)
media says is ‘space opera’.
The technology is more of a backdrop for the characters and their relationships,
and gets a little messier towards the end.
But the story never stops being visually dynamic or compelling. The hints about
the underlying narrative and wider universe that Leigh builds in his future books are
fascinating too. Readers on the autism spectrum will probably feel most at home here,
but anyone prepared to sink into the setting and trust the vibe to carry them along will
most likely enjoy their time with this novel.
This book is amazing. I’m what people call and otaku so I read manga on a daily basis. Constelis Voss made me feel like I was reading a manga except with out the drawings. The detail is so vivid and clear. Alex definitely hits hard to home for me. Abusive relationships aren’t as easy to get out of as some might think. But he’s got a fighting spirit and isn’t about to give up. I’m excited to jump right in to volume 2. Leigh has definitely written a masterpiece with this series.
It's an innovative, fresh-look entrance to the sci-fi novel. I would like to see more of it but with less of author’s interference in-between since the climax seems to be clear. Overall, it's a well-written story.
Leigh pens an interesting story in Constelis Voss Vol. 1: Colour Theory. I haven't read work from this author before, and I enjoyed it, as it was unlike anything I've read before. Alex is an android (artifical Life form), and he undergoes an "upgrade" of a personality file, but it's from the 90s, and it's way in the past, and from earth. It's a very intriguing journey that Alex takes, especially since he is on a ship that is the least to say, dystopian. The story brings in the believable, even if almost impossible. Alex needs to solve the mystery of the future of human kind, so he can save it. The story lets the reader in and take a good look on how it relates to our world as we are. It's a well written story, and I look forward to whatever comes after this story. Looking at life by coloring in the lines, makes you stop and think. "Rage was a color Polly had never draped herself in, yet it had coiled behind the clench of her teeth for years. Alex might have had the permissions it needed to finally grow, but Diana had set it free to strike from behind her teeth." It's a great story to follow and try to figure out what will happen next.This author's characters develop and interacts well with the other characters. Constelis Voss Vol. 1: Colour Theory is a definite recommendation by The After Show with McKensie Stewart and Amy Shannon, as well as Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I look forward to reading many more stories by this author.
Leigh was a guest on The After Show with McKensie Stewart & Amy Shannon. I read the book, which was a gift by the author, in order to prepare for the show. This review is an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
Constelis Vos by K. Leigh is a sci-fi adventure featuring a large cast of characters. Our story starts with Alex, a newly awaken AI with the brain of a man from 1990s. As the story progresses, Alex collects all his friends from the 90s future doubles. This is the first book in the series so I’m curious to see why this group of friends are either reborn or placed into this far future on a planet sized space ship. While collecting his friends, Alex is also trying to over throw Tyr, the evil leader of the ship.
I really enjoyed the concept of this book—it was cool seeing all the characters come together and rediscovering themselves. Leigh is also really great at writing descriptions and creating imagery. I did find the book a bit confusing, which I think was mostly purposeful, and I would have liked more worldbuilding in the future setting.
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Some people believe in reincarnation. Others believe humans will eventually become robots. Why not both?
The series opens on a dystopic planet-sized ship in the far future, where a very advanced android receives a personality file from the 90s. He is the only one of his kind. His name is Alex, and in his quest for understanding just how he got to be an android—and on the planet-sized ship known as CONSTELIS VOSS to begin with—he finds curiously familiar faces who help him color in the blanks.
As the coincidences pile up, they start to form a pattern. Something is pulling the strings, and figuring out the mystery is the only way to save himself, his friends, and the future of the very human race itself. But will he be able solve the mystery without losing himself—and his friends—in the process? The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Trim Size: 5.000" x 8.000" (203mm x 127mm
Interior Color and Paper: Black & White: Creme
Binding: Paperback: Perfect Bound
Cover Finish: Matte
Page Count: 188
Print ISBN: 978-1-7368053-0-5
Genre: sci-fi, cyberpunk, lgbt, absurdist fantasy, psychological thriller