Legion by Brandon Sanderson. ★★★
“My name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad.”
So starts Legion, a novella by the illustrious Brandon Sanderson.
As the opening lines hint, the main character has hallucinations. However, his hallucinations are what he refers to as “aspects,” which are experts in different fields of study. With the aid of his hallucinations, Stephen Leeds is a genius.
In Legion, he is approached by a company who’s developed a camera which can take pictures of the past – the only working prototype of which was stolen by one of there scientists. Stephen and his aspects are hired to track down the scientist and retrieve the camera.
I liked Legion, but it didn’t compare to anything else I’ve read by Sanderson. I felt that novella length was really too short to explore the premise, although if this turns into a novella series, that issue may be solved.
Unless you’re really dead set on reading something that’s more science fiction oriented, I’d suggest picking up The Emperor’s Soul instead, which does a better job of creating characterization and plot in a limited page amount.