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No Earthly Shore [Kindle Edition]

Jilly Paddock
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On Yemitzov Five live sea-quilts – mats of greyish tissue that undulate through the shallow coastal waters, some as large as two metres square, sans eyes, ears, legs and teeth, in fact sans most of the things considered as basic essentials to life. Thirty years ago, the survey team said they were dumb animals. Now three squilts save a girl from drowning and Earth must send an expedition to investigate the claims that the beasts are sentient.
Dr Zuzana Aaron-Jones, a marine biologist, is recruited to the team. She’s befriended by the enigmatic Mooney, and together they try and prove that squilts are intelligent. If they’re right, the colonists must leave their beautiful world, so it would be easier if they were wrong.
Boodie Nantucket, the rescued girl, is sure that squilts are smart and telepathic as well. Nobody believes her - she’s just a kid.
And what about the squilts? What are their plans for Zuzana and Mooney, not to mention all of the colonists? Just how dangerous can giant sea-slugs be?

An S-F novella of first contact.

Quote from the British Fantasy Society review -
"From the synopsis it all sounds a bit familiar – the likes of Clarke, Asimov and Bradbury have been there and literally written the book many times over. But Ms Paddock is doing much more than rehashing old themes.
...once we meet the characters and the story gets going, this is a great read. No Earthly Shore is a short piece: a long short story or compact novella, but it is absolutely cohesive and convincing. Her prose is smooth, stylish, sensual and occasionally beautiful. The characters are convincing and engaging. Importantly her science is spot on... the internal logic of the story is well thought out and completely believable. The sea-quilts themselves are wonderfully brought to life. There is some nice social and political subtext but we’re allowed to work it out for ourselves rather than being bludgeoned with it.
If there is a checklist of good writing Jilly Paddock ticks every box, and I’m looking forward to reading more."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 157 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cathaven Press (13 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XCVC1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #514,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been writing for a long time, mostly in the science-fiction and fantasy genres. After a career spent working in medical research and then in an NHS microbiology lab, I've now taken early retirement and have time to spare for writing and publishing my work.
I like poetry, particularly Yeats and Walter de la Mare, the art of Alphonse Mucha and the Pre-Raphaelites, and folk music. I dabble in many kinds of crafts, including cross stitch and beading, and collect press-moulded and British studio glass, especially Okra perfume bottles, and tarot cards. All of the above may flavour and influence my work.
I live in the UK with an avid collector of books and CDs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure 23 Jan 2012
By Carr
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The best short fiction is the sort where you wish the author had expanded it and given you more. Ms Paddock has created a realistic world here, a race of intelligent believeable aliens, a cast of interesting humans and put them together in an entertaining story of first contact. The science is presented in a confident way which makes the reader know they are in a safe pair of hands.
My only moan is I wanted more. I would have loved to have seen the conflict between the humans gone into in greater depth, but the whole was still very satisfying and I am in love with sea-quilts. As a quilter I was enchanted by the idea of their names, but there should have been one called "Storm at Sea" :-)).
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes their sci-fi well reasoned and well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sea-Quilts v Mankind: Sea-Quilts every time! 3 Oct 2012
By Annie W
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I know nothing of SF, but within a couple of pages was absolutely hooked on the plot, the characterisation, and the quality of the writing. The pettiness, back-biting, and self-important self-assumed superiority of the senior members of the visiting team are all too believable, and made more unacceptable by the contrast with the patient, warm, humorous, tolerant sea-quilts; the final confrontation between the two groups is so satisfying! By carefully setting the scene to show the physical and scientific similarities between Earth and Yemitzov Five, the author has avoided any unnecessary detours into descriptions of space-living, atmospheres, etc, and has produced a tale full of wonder and emotion, with flashes of humour, and the occasional subtle use of words which is almost past before you recognise their effectiveness and familiarity "A short swim for us, a longer swim for humankind".

I bought the story yesterday, and have read it twice so far. It's warm, it's clever, it's original - and I'd love to meet the Sea-Quilts. In the meantime, I've just bought another 2 stories by this extremely talented author, and will be back for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 17 May 2012
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I cannot remember when I fell out of obsession with SF novels, I was such an avid devourer, reading half a dozen in the genre a week. I guess I just drifted away to the gory pastures of horror books.
A recommendation by an online friend to read this story brought me back to SF again. This book is wonderful! I have re-discovered that old enchantment of my youth with Ms Paddock's writing. Though she has her own unique voice, I was reminded of the pleasure from reading work by Ray Bradbury, Anne MacCaffrey and Ursula Leguin.
This is storytelling of the highest quality, gripping and tense at times, lyrical and beautiful at others with three dimensional characters and convincing world building. To bring the reader right onto that calm, alien shore and experience the wonder of discovering new life is the mark of a great storyteller. I hope to read much more of Jilly Paddock's work. She deserves full recognition an exciting and talented SF author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 16 July 2012
By Tom
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If I had one criticism it would be that this was too short. Excellent story of first contact with an alien race. I want to read more about Mooney, there are interesting hints of an interesting past.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed No Earthly Shore 16 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Believable characters.
Expert biology.
A page-turner, that is, a book you keep on reading and can not put down until you have finished it.
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