- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 506 KB
- Print Length: 116 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993141781
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Whippleshield Books (9 Mar. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CSX4ZA2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #474,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Barker" dates back before Adrift on the Sea of Rains, a real prototype for the series. Sales is even using speech marks here. The sly changes and references are there though, if you look at the real history of Sputnik 2, as well as the attention to detail. "The Spaceman and the Moongirl" reads like a test run for All That Outer Space Allows, especially in the echo of Ginny's flight to the Cape to check on her husband in that book.
"Far Voyager" examines the distance between the traveler and the world left behind - more than just the physical distance from here to the heliopause. "The Incurable Irony of the Man Who Rode the Rocket Sled" is a terrible title but an understated and wry look at time travel.
Of course not everything works - "Faith" and "Red Desert" just don't click for me somehow, missing some weight in their payload - but Sales caps off the collection with a grandstand finale that somehow welds Communist ideology, Yuri Gagarin, and pulp hero John Carter into a brief Martian epic that kicks Mark Watney all over Syrtis Major.
If you're uncertain about dipping into the Apollo Quartet itself, this collection is a great way to familiarise yourself with its style without necessarily needing all the footnotes. And if you've already visited Ian Sales's variant worlds, maybe it's time for one last orbit...
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Highly recommended for those who enjoyed the Apollo Quartet. I liked it so much I’ve ordered the limited hardcover to sit next to the Quartet on my bookshelves. Do youselves a favour.
excellent & masterly crafted stories that as the proverbial rubble of our common past(s) move us into futures unknown ...
highly recommended !
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