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Castaway on Temurlone: Universe of Miracles: 1 [Paperback]

David Wesley Hill

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11 Aug 2011
It is indeed a Universe of Miracles! But not for young Pimsol Anderts, idle and jobless on a depressed, waterlogged world, until he signs aboard the interstellar freighter Miraculous Abernathy. Indentured to the aristocratic Wirthy family—and bewitched by beautiful Mirable Wirthy, the latest clone of the long-dead matriarch Imogene Wirthy—Pim's adventure has barely begun when pirates attack, forcing him to flee the ship with Mirable in tow. Suddenly they are castaways on the primitive planet Temurlone. Separated from his beloved by the Marvelous Flying Bicycle Men and doomed to hard labor in the Temurlone meat mines, Pim knows that nothing can keep him from the woman who is his destiny. He will brave any trial an uncaring God puts before him—escaping the sensuous seductions of the Man Mother, surviving the culinary horrors of the cannibal innkeeper Harmony Repute, courageously facing the threat of eternal toil in the sweatshops of Charming Corners—in the name of love. With the original and satiric Castaway on Temurlone, author David Wesley Hill has boldly reconfigured the venerable space opera into an action-packed parable for our times.

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David Wesley Hill is an award-winning fiction writer with more than thirty stories published in the U.S. and internationally. In 1997 he was presented with the Golden Bridge award at the International Conference on Science Fiction in Beijing, and in 1999 he placed second in the Writers of the Future contest. Most recently, in 2011 Mr. Hill was invited to his third residency at the Blue Mountain Center, a writers and artists retreat in the Adirondacks. Mr. Hill studied under Joseph Heller and Jack Cady and received a Masters degree in creative writing from the City University of New York, as well as the school's highest literary honor, the De Jur Award. At various times he has been an executive chef for major hotels, a management consultant, and a website designer.

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David Wesley Hill is an award-winning science fiction writer with more than thirty stories published in the U.S. and internationally. In 1997 he was presented with the Golden Bridge award at the International Conference on Science Fiction in Beijing, and in 1999 he placed second in the Writers of the Future contest. Most recently, in 2011 Mr. Hill was invited to his third residency at the Blue Mountain Center, a writers and artists retreat in the Adirondacks. Mr. Hill studied under Joseph Heller and Jack Cady and received a Masters degree in creative writing from the City University of New York, as well as the school's highest literary honor, the De Jur Award. At various times he has been an executive chef for major hotels, a management consultant, and a website designer.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pimsol Amderts friend to Bi-valves enemy of the Marvelous Flying Bicycle Men! 8 Feb 2013
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What a fun inventive read. Pimsol is an innocent from a water world, with out prospects ( bad economy etc.). His best friend is a sentient old Bi-valve (a clam) . His stepfather has found him a birth on an interstellar merchant man as a "rat catcher" unfortunately the term rats loosely defines any form of nasty interstellar pest. His birth on the vessel ( The Miraculous Abernathy ) a decrepit old hulk is itself a quick means to slavery. During one of his "Rat" hunts he stumbles across a Personal Attendant " Aristocracy grade " ( configured as a wrist unit ) It seems his luck has finally changed, unfortunately not all for the good!
This was a fun, inventive read with plenty of differences to set it apart from other SciFi stories. The characters and plot evolves and changes sometimes as expected often in a new interesting direction. Worth taking the time to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasmagoric Imagery 14 Oct 2011
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I came upon David Wesley Hill's work when I read the galleys of an, as yet unpublished, work of historical fiction. I loved it, so as soon as "Castaway on Temurlone" appeared I snatched it up. I was not disappointed. Hill's fertile mind creates truly amazing worlds and populates them with fascinating characters, so brilliantly described that you feel the need to reach out and touch them. I have never been a fan of science fiction but Hill's knack for creating bizarre characters, percolating with human emotions really pulled me in.

It is, of course, an adventure story but it's also a love story and at times a quite humorous one. Pimsol Andert's escape from an inter-galatic transporter on which he is indentured and his pursuit of Mirabel Wirthey, the clone daughter of the ship's female clone commander is the stuff of the plot but it is the individual adventures that Pim and his lady love must survive that are the meat of the book and those adventures are populated by a conglomeration of weird and fascinating characters, starting with a love lorn mollusk the size of a truck and continuing with bizarre bicyclists who copulate with trees, cyborg pirates, feral non humans who bargain like Orchard Street peddlers, the universe's oldest living courtesan and a vicious metallic animal, Mirabel's pet, who befriends Pim and defends him throughout the story.

It's a great cast, a clever story and a fun read.
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