The great thinker Hannah Arendt said the most frightening moment of the 20th century was when men began dreaming of living on the moon, for it meant that they were giving up on Earth. Such is the imagined future scenario in Patrick Carman’s Atherton speculative fiction series. The Dark Planet is the third and final installment in the series and is here performed slyly and with occasionally flights into big characterizations by Jonathan Davis.
In The Dark Planet, Edgar and Samuel, two young friends from an artificial planet, must journey to a future Earth, which is all toxic oceans, mutant monsters, and terrible warlords. Intelligence and wit is on full display. As allegory or swashbuckling adventure, The Dark Planet is quite a ride.