Reviews of Only Forward (1994)
Review by pfcalcio (2005-11-22)
A storming debut by MMS, who shows his genius by dumping the reader straight into a world that is strange and wonderful but forgoing exposition in favour of wonderful characterisation and humour. Marshall Smith's complex worlds and even more complicated anti-heroes draw you in, and although Only Forward has hallmarks of a first novel, the rough edges and frantic pace add, rather than subtract, from the charm of a wonderful science fiction novel.
Spares and One Of Us may be tighter, and his non-sci-fi work is more accessible - but Only Forward is quite possibly Marshall Smith's best work.