Friday, October 19, 2012

Sci-Fi: Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales

Series: Apollo Quartet #1
Publisher: Whippleshield Books
Date: April 2012
Format: paperback
Source: author
Read: for review (disclaimer: I received my copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Pages: 52
Reading time: 90 minutes

From GoodReads: When a nuclear war breaks out and the nations of the Earth are destroyed, it maroons a group of astronauts on the Moon. Using the "torsion field generator", they hope to find an alternate Earth that did not suffer nuclear armageddon. But once they do, how will they return home? They have one Lunar Module,. which can carry only four astronauts into lunar orbit...

My review: Interesting alternate-history premise, great writing and development. I'm reminded to some degree of Ray Bradbury. Though short, the length fits the story; this novella feels like neither a too-long short story or a too-short novel. The rather muted style was refreshing, as this could just as easily have become another flashy space adventure. Instead, Sales focuses on the characters and the history of the space program, especially how they relate to the Cold War and his alternate version of it. There's a heck of a lot pressed into relatively few pages, and I'll be interested in seeing (and reading) what comes next.


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  2. Reminded of Ray Bradbury is a great recommendation. It sounds like something my son would like- he reads a lot of science fiction. I'll keep it in mind as Christmas rolls around.

    1. The author's general style is what reminds me of Bradbury - he maintains this feeling of distance while also going beyond the surface content to explore characters' mentalities and to create atmospheric settings and situations.

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