C.S. Friedman recently released a somewhat unexpected sequel to her 1998 novel This Alien Shore last month: This Virtual Night. This Alien Shore is C.S. Friedman’s most successful science fiction work and was listed as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Rereading the first book in the series through a modern lens and with the benefit of hindsight reveals that This Alien Shore remains an undeniably good science fiction novel. Friedman’s thorny concepts and compelling technological ideas make the book feel fresh and relevant.