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“The Light of the Earth As Seen From Tartarus” by Annie Bellet

It had been a while since I had read any science fiction, so when I saw a posting on Facebook from the author offering a free copy of this novella in exchange for a review, I decided “What the heck?”. I figured I could take the time for a quick read, and the description sounded pretty interesting, so I took her up on the offer.

I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised and even moved by this novella. While it doesn’t go into great detail describing the relationship between the brothers, it does give you just enough to help you understand the angst that they are both dealing with.

The billionaire provided a wonderfully interesting twist near the end that made the story very special for me. As a father, I was deeply touched by the explanation of his relationship with his son. I really appreciated the way the author brought his backstory into the story on board the spaceship, and it really added an unexpected emotional jolt that left me wanting to know more.

Personally, I feel that the author has a great story, and I would have loved seeing this as a complete novel. I believe that there are enough interesting elements here to craft a great novel. However, considering the constraints of a novella, I thought she did an exceptional job of maximizing the interest while minimizing the words.

On the downside, I thought that the price was too high for a novella. Personally, if I were looking to buy a short story or novella, I would be hard pressed to pay more than 99 cents, especially for a relatively new writer. Initially, I was hesitant to recommend this to anyone at this price, but the more I think about it the more I changed my mind.

I was very touched by this story, and that is hard for a writer to do, especially with so few words. So on that alone, I would recommend reading this story. I hope that the author might consider expanding it into a more fully realized novel. If that would happen I would happily endorse the book to everyone I know!

My rating for this book is 4 out of 5 stars. This was a very interesting sci-fi story that dealt with more emotion than you usually see for its genre.

Below is a description of this novella:

Ian and Jack Talley and the Prometheus Space Program set a record for the fastest manned flight to Jupiter. But the journey ended in disaster, crippling Jack and killing the rest of the team.

Ten years later, an eccentric multi-billionaire offers them all his money, and a second chance, if they’ll fly him to Pluto. The Talley brothers reunite their team, ready to rekindle the dream of manned space flight. But self-doubts and technological issues both old and new appear, leaving the question open: are they making history? Or repeating it? And finding the answers could cost them far more than the Prometheus program.

© 2011, Steven R. Drennon. All rights reserved.

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