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THE DAY STAR. [Mass Market Paperback]

MARK S. GESTON


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SCIENCE FICTION-ONCE,AT THE HEIGHT OF EARTH'S FABLED HISTORY,THERE WAS A CITY CALLED FERRIN.COMPARED TO FERRIN,ALL THE CITIES OF EARTH THAT EVER WERE OR EVER WOULD BE-FROM IMPERIAL ROME AND TOWERING NEW YORK BEFORE TO THE CITY CALLED R AFTERWARDS-PALED INTO INSIGNIFICANCE.BUT IN THE LONG TWILIGHT CENTURIES THAT FOLLOWED THE FALL OF FERRIN MEMORIES FADED AND MEN'S AMBITIONS WANED-AND BY THE TIME THE YOUNG MAN THEL HEARD OF FERRIN,NO ONE WAS SURE IT WAS ANYTHING BUT A MYTH.BUT PART OF AN ABANDONED HIGHWAY STILL PASSED NEAR THEL'S HOME-AND WHEN A STARRY FRAGMENT FROM FERRIN CAME INTO THELS POSSESSION,HE KNEW THERE COULD BE NO REST FOR HIM UNTIL HE FOLLOWED THE RUINED ROADWAY THAT STILL SPANNED TIME AND SPACE TO FIND THE TRUTH ABOUT THE RISE AND FALL OF FERRIN-AND ALSO OF ALL HUMANITY'S HOPES.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Labored Ray Bradbury pastiche 7 Sep 2011
By J. Higgins - Published on Amazon.com
`The Day Star' is a slim (126 pp) novel released in 1972 by DAW Books; the cover art, and the fine interior black and white illustrations, were done by George Barr.

`Star' is set in the far future, in the aftermath of a calamity that has befallen the fabled city of Ferrin. Once the citizens of Ferrin kept aging and entropy at bay via the use of an artificial star, the Day Star of the book's title. However, over time complacency and carelessness allowed entropy to destroy the Day Star in a cataclysmic explosion, and as a result the fabric of the universe has been altered, not for the better.

Humanity is fragmented among a number of small cities and towns where the inhabitants live joyless lives marked by unreasoning fears and trepidations. In one such city, labeled `R', a boy named Thel wanders the streets and the seashore, knowing something in Life is amiss, but unsure how to rectify it. Thel is accompanied by a ghost named Pagent and a wizard named Marne.

When Thel and Pagent acquire a fragment of the Day Star, they resolve to journey to Ferrin, both to see the city of wonders and to learn if efforts are underway to resurrect the Day Star and drive entropy from the world.

`Day Star' is not SF, or even fantasy, but more the sort of fable-inspired fiction that Ray Bradbury regularly produced.

Author Geston adopts the same belabored, overly poetic prose style, and as a result, the book is a slow read. The focus is on atmosphere and setting, with the trek to Ferrin serving as a mild impetus to a narrative heavily encrusted with metaphysical musings.

I doubt that anyone other than Bradbury fans will have the patience to find `The Day Star' an engaging read. It stands as another example of the type of book that really only had an outlet in the publishing world during the height of the New Wave movement in SF.
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