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Dreams of the Space Age by [Sales, Ian]
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  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #474,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This small collection of short stories works well on its own, but it works even better if you've read Ian's Apollo Quartet parallel histories of the Space Race and beyond. If the Quartet were moon landings, then these tales are the test runs, the unmanned missions, the flights that might have been if the Right Stuff hadn't run out back in 1972.

"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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This is a great read, technical accuracy creates a very believable reality but with new timelines interesting possibilities are well explored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Age Dreams that never were. 24 Oct. 2016
By Surtac - Published on Amazon.com
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‘Dreams of the Space Age’ is a collection of stories by Ian Sales, along with a thoughtful introduction by Dave Hutchinson. As with his Apollo Quartet, all the stories within are alternate histories inspired by the American and Soviet space race of the post WWII 20th Century. All of the stories share the same tone and voice of the Apollo Quartet – a low key, matter of fact story-telling style that never the less allows real emotional impact to punch through when appropriate. It reminded me of why I so love the Quartet and the glorious central conceit of that set of stories. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the Quartet’s finale, but I thought this collection, with its tales of an end-of-career boxer suborned into premature pre-Mercury flight testing through to a resolute Yuri Gagarin teaching communist principles to an unlikely audience on Mars, could easily stand alongside the first three volumes of the Quartet. And one story, ‘The Spaceman and the Moon Girl’, would fit nicely within the world of the Quartet’s finale.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent & masterly crafted stories that as the proverbial rubble ... 18 Mar. 2016
By link rae - Published on Amazon.com
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"this ain't the summer of love" ...

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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