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Book Title: Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places|
The author of the book: Gustavo Bondoni
Date of issue: November 30th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781936021291
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 333 KB
Edition: Altered Dimensions
Read full description of the books Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places:"In Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places," Gustavo Bondoni provides a showcase of old-school, soft science fiction, plus one fantasy piece. These are stories that bring the ordinary and the extraordinary together. You'll find the characters and their problems familiar, but they're played out on a stage that spans both space and time, often presented from a perspective that is refreshingly and entertainingly alien.
There's a sort of wistfulness in most of these tales -- a sense of optimism about the future, but also an expectation that things probably won't turn out quite as well as we'd hope. If you enjoy the classic short story work of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Clifford Simak, or Damon Knight, you'll probably find Mr. Bondoni's anthology a satisfying read. Here's the lineup:
"Twilight": Aliens discover unexpected life on a backwater planet. It's a perfect society, except for one little thing...
"Pride and Joy": After a devastating future civil war, a woman returns to a government research facility in search of the son she left behind.
"Trained Monkeys": They can do just about anything, but they might not be the most cost-effective solution.
"As Advertised": In which we're gently reminded that mind control is too dangerous to be left in the hands of scientists, or just about anybody else.
"One Story Short": In our robotic future, it's going to be harder than ever to get published, but it helps to know what your audience wants -- and who exactly your audience is.
"Why Androids Are Happy": Well, there could really be only one reason.
"Defending Fiordland": Naturalists square off against animal rights activists in a battle to save an endangered species, and no price is too high to pay for victory.
"Silver": On an interstellar voyage, an egotist manufactures the perfect dinner escort, but fails to consider all the implications of his choice.
"Tenth Orbit": In the signature story of this collection, Mr. Bondoni introduces us to a very alien creature dwelling on the outer margins of our solar system, subsisting on faint wisps of energy. It notices something going on closer to the sun. Patience is more than a virtue for this being -- it's the ultimate survival skill.
"Strange Tractors": On a hell-world of molten metal, there's no substitute for human intuition.
"Crossroad": Bondoni cleverly updates the old legend about a musician bargaining with the Devil at the crossroads at midnight. There's always a price to pay, but this particular devil never heard of rock and roll.
"Ghetto Galileo": The abandoned remnants of mankind languish in a space station under the watchful eye of alien invaders, but they might have a little fight left in them.
"The Elcano Syndrome": An expedition to climb the tallest mountain in the solar system. Why? Because it's there.
"Borrowed Time": A human outpost may be the last survivors of a lost war. Can they rebuild from the ashes, or will a legend from the past return to take its final vengeance?
"Growing Pains in the Womb": I've always wondered what might happen about halfway through a colonization voyage on a generation ship. Mr. Bodoni shares his vision.
"The Surgical Option": The Galactic Senate agrees-human beings are intolerably annoying. Unfortunately, they seem to be impossible to exterminate.
"Chinese Eye": A doofus takes a short excursion into the mystical world of the I Ching.
"Darkness Ends": A little alternate-universe invasion, and it might not be such a bad thing.
"Evasion": Ingvar Trellez is making a suspiciously-good living salvaging spaceships. If he can't explain his new profit stream to the taxman's satisfaction, he might find himself facing both death and taxes.
"Interplanetary Bicycles and the One Back Home": Sigh. Just when you think it's safe to power up your Large Hadron Collider again...a reminder that risk is part of scientific investigation, and half the fun of it.
"No Vacancy" and "Time Share": Two connected space-opera-ish stories about a colonization gone awry -- and perhaps, I hope, the foundation of a novel yet to come. Gliese 67 is populated by sentient beings who are definitely not happy at the prospect of alien settlers. The advance team digs in and has to find a way to both survive and negotiate with the locals. It won't be easy.
On the cover, Brad W. Foster provides a bright, whimsical image of an alien encounter that is, I believe, pulled from one of the stories within, though I won't spoil the surprise by telling you which one.
If there's a shortcoming in this collection, it's that Bondoni has a tendency, in my opinion, to walk away from his stories just shy of the finish line. It was most noticeable in "Strange Tractors," which ended very abruptly just as it was gaining momentum. "Chinese Eye" lost some of its comedic impact by being told in flashback, which gave away the ending. Overall, I would have enjoyed a little more punch or zing or solid sense of closure, but it's a technique thing -- the man writes thoughtful stories, and sometimes that means leaving it to the reader to ponder what happens next.
This is a worthy selection for anyone who loves short spec-fic. Read and enjoy.
Read information about the authorGustavo Bondoni is an Argentine writer with over eighty stories published in ten countries, whose first two books were published in 2010.
A collection of Gustavo's previously published stories, Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places was released in October, and his short novel The Curse of El Bastardo was published by Daverana Enterprises in November.
He reads way too many SF stories...
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