ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Book Review of "Glass Dawn: The Adventures of PopNjay"

Updated on March 30, 2013
Glass Dawn
Glass Dawn | Source

When you think of it, Sci-Fi is one of the most difficult genres to write in. Partly it's because it's not easy to invent new worlds, new sciences, non-human heroes for the story and write about things like space travel and anti-matter in a convincing way. And partly it's because there are so many Sci-Fi masterpieces out there."Glass Dawn: The Adventures of PopNjay" by Randy Stahla is one of the few contemporary Sci-Fi books that is not only written according to all the requirements of the genre, but also keeps the reader on tenterhooks from cover to cover. It's also the basis of a fun to watch animation, which is something not all books are.

"Glass Dawn" is a story about friendship, loyalty, dealing with rejection and saving the world. All that from the perspective of a cyborg called PopNjay. The story takes the reader to another galaxy where there is a planet called Teralon. In many ways, the planet is a lot like Earth - there are the same intrigues, political myopia and a dictator that finally destroys the planet in a nuclear war. The only surviving humanoid is Dr Silane, a scientist who created amazing things like a feeling female ship who can read others' emotions, three cyborgs (PopNjay, Mac and Jac), and who saved the archive with all art and science of the dying planet Teralon. The three cyborgs and their creator start looking for another planet to live on while they are being chased by Dr Domain, a crazy cyborg policeman who wants nothing more than to be the chief of police again. After some time of space travel, they all end up on Earth and that's when real action starts. The story has it all - lots of suspense, a bit of romance and betrayal, an impostor, a conspiracy, a maniac who wants to blow up the Earth, and even some large-scale investment fraud. On top of that, there is a cute cyborg PopNjay who is very loyal to Dr Silane, but feels rejected at times and is afraid that he doesn't belong.

Dr Silane and his cyborgs escape from Teralon

Teralon Escape
Teralon Escape | Source

When you read the descriptions of space travel and all the technology Dr Silane created, you start thinking that Randy Stahla has access to it all and actually saw it all happen. You can tell that he loves Sci-Fi and knows how it all works. He has a vivid imagination that takes you on a journey - all you need to do is read "Glass Dawn" and look at Stahla's original art.

Going through the time portal

Time Portal
Time Portal | Source

And since the story is the basis of an animation, the video is a must-watch.

Watch "Glass Dawn: The Adventures of PopNjay" Video

One of the best bits about "Glass Dawn" is that it's not just a random Sci-Fi story. It has lots of important thoughts, like we should love what we have and care about the Earth if we don't want it to end up like Teralon. That even when life is hard things like love and friendship are more important than anything.

"Glass Dawn: The Adventures of PopNjay" is a book that you will read from top to bottom in one go. Enjoyment guaranteed.

© 2013 Snurre


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)