Book Review: “IHU” by Cliff Hays

ihuThis is a short science-fiction story. Like Hays’ short story Dual Void, it packs a lot of complex philosophical and scientific ideas into a few words. It begins with a professor of astronomy who specializes in Big Bang Cosmology lecturing to an Astronomy 101 class, and proceeds to take the reader on a whirlwind ride that leaves one questioning the nature of reality, the meaning of the universe, and other such deep questions. It reminded me a bit of Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Nine Billion Names of God.” IHU is more surreal, but just as existential.

I can’t say a lot more about the book, given how short it is. Not that I’m concerned I’d “spoil” it, exactly; because that implies giving away some information that explains the whole story. This isn’t a story that can be explained; rather, it’s one of those fictional works that makes you ask questions, that teases your brain a little.  And I liked that a lot. One of the great things about science-fiction is how it can make you ponder deep questions like these.

IHU is a good, quick read for anyone who enjoys stories that make you think about complex, abstract concepts.


    1. I’ll be very curious to hear what you think. It’s an unusual book for sure, but with a lot of interesting ideas in it.

  1. You keep my TBR list longer and longer. I have to read faster as unlimited only lets you have ten at a time. This one looks interesting.

    1. It is, and because it’s so short, you don’t have to feel like you are really making a big time commitment to read it.

      I didn’t know about the ten book limit on Unlimited.

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