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on 7 February 2013
I'm not sure I'm a fan of the large number of short stories currently being put out by some established authors. The Crystal Spheres for instance, is not a new story. It's been in a number of anthologies and it can't have taken long to set it up for a Kindle release. At this sort of price you'd be paying £15 or more for a normal paperback collected short stories and so it doesn't seem great value for money.

That said, I love stories that investigate the Fermi Paradox and the Crystal Spheres comes up with one of the more unlikely scenarios. There's not much I can say without giving away the entire short plot, but the whole thing has a very hopeful message alongside the lonliness impossed by the lack of alien visitors.

If you're looking for a longer look at the question, try Stephen Baxter's Space, Time, Origin and Phase Space. The last one is a set of short stories.
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on 22 June 2014
I admit to being a birn fan and have read a lot of his over the years. This is well worth reading.
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on 25 September 2014
i thought it was a very interesting story im glad that i bought it
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on 6 March 2013
Interesting theory presented in short story. Got the idea across in a story that was thankfully short. Would struggle to read a long novel by this writer. Read it anyway.
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on 6 May 2013
meh Ive read much better but the premise is ok wouldnt read again but did spark a thought or two
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