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Celebrity Space (Space Hotel Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alain Gomez
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in the not too distant future, Dan Cooper hopes that his new job at the spaceport will allow him to get his life back on track. While taking passengers to the space hotel "Moonwalk", a collision with an unknown object threatens to bring his dreams... and possibly his life... to a screeching halt.

Short Story, approx. 3,000 words

Product Details

  • File Size: 87 KB
  • Print Length: 9 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD66P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Indie Short Story Review: Celebrity Space September 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What to say about Alain Gomez' Celebrity Space? It's short. I liked it. It's creepy. I wanted more.

That about sums it up in as few words as possible, but you aren't reading this for the teeny-tiny book review. So, lets see about adding some meat to those descriptions.

It is short. At about 3000 words, it's lunch or coffee break reading, depending on how fast you read.

There is an issue the short story author has that a novelist doesn't, and that's the need to pack a lot of punch into very few words. Celebrity Space is about as long as most novel authors spend on describing the base location and the first meeting of the main character. And in that space it has to introduce six characters, set up a plot arc, and build a climax.

And it's okay at all of those things. Though I think they could have been done significantly better with about twice as many words (and still would have been a very short story.) Or done just as well with the same number of words if Gomez had spent less time on the extraneous characters.

Mostly I would have liked to have seen more focus on the creep factor, on the visceral reaction of the main character, Dan, to the first hint that something unsavory is going to happen, Dr. Fleischer, an experimental geneticist with a reputation for unethical work.

Also, on the short theme, there is this: Celebrity Space doesn't feel finished. It ends at a logical point, and a bit of a cliffhanger at that. Now, in a novel, you can do that and leave the reader feeling like they read a whole story, and now it's time to move onto a new story. With as short as CS is, you don't get the feeling that you've read a whole story. It feels like you've read the first chapter of a larger story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but succinct horror built in space April 17, 2011
By TicToc
Format:Kindle Edition
As exploration continues, only those with the most money and often those most bored with life choose the opportunity to visit the stars. Those are the earthly stars themselves-celebrities. Take that mix and add in one lonely former Navy man, Dan Cooper. With just three weeks of training, he is in charge of the basic safety on board. Other than his passengers, he is the only presence on board, this commercial shuttle set on automatic pilot. Tucked in among the celebrities was a Dr. known for some cutting edge experiments, and while due to her stature she would still be considered somewhat a celebrity, she stayed off to herself, above the riff raff, from her expression.

While not in space long the craft his hit by some sort of power, knocking most of them unconscious. Dan sends out a mayday, but even before it is answered, the ship is attacked again. Will he be able to save the crew, and what is this threat? He is out of his element, with very little training and must rely on his naval background to try to find answers. Yet after being knocked out himself, he wakes up to the unimaginable. This is horrifying and sinister, and he can only look on as his wildest nightmares begin.

In Celebrity Space, a short novella by Alain Gomez, horror seems to come in small packages. The story while short is succinct and makes the hair stand on the back of your neck. The characters could be fleshed out a bit more, but Alain certainly makes the most of this unnatural tale of space.

If you enjoy short work, and science fiction horror this book will be right up your alley. It is a chilling and unnatural tale.

This book was received as a free download from the author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would've Enjoyed A Different Ending More June 2, 2011
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition
Cover

The sun, planet and the vastness of space give a literal interpretation of what the reader may find in the short story.

Plot/Main Characters

Instead of losing a job, Dan Cooper had been reassigned to a new position. He assisted those traveling to the new space hotel, located on the moon. The majority of the passengers are celebrities who are going to have fun and to party in a new location.

On their way, a collision occurs and everybody is knocked out. Will they make it to the Moonwalk hotel? Will they find out what they collided with?

Overall

The story seems realistic in the depiction of people traveling to a hotel on the moon. With the way our society is, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that there are people already working on how to get this scenario to happen.

The ending after the collision was expected. I would have gotten more enjoyment from reading a different outcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Q
Format:Kindle Edition
Personally, I felt the writing was merely "okay". The writer has potential, but to me, her writing style reads like a community college writing assignment: overly-simplistic sentences devoid of style, descriptive phrases or emotional language.

It also seemed extremely short and the ending was incomplete. I had to read the twist in the last sentence several times to grasp what had happened. Then I felt a sort of, "And so?" Now what? Then I realized it must be the first installment of an actual story.

Looking online, I see that the *complete* story covering the entire "series" is only 74 pages (14,000 words) and costs $2.99 ("The Space Hotel Series Collection"). So this seems to be a sample of a longer story covering 74 pages. I can't see many paying that price for such a short offering.

Perhaps if I read the entire story, I might give her more stars. Then again, if she had offered this Kindle "story" as a sample (which is what it is, IMO) of her actual full story, I wouldn't even be writing this review. I'd wait until I'd read her full story, ... if I read her entire story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs more polish
The idea of a doomed space flight is inherently creepy -- there's nothing more unsettling than the idea of being trapped in space. Read more
Published 12 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
4.0 out of 5 stars Celebrity Space
In the last year, I've read a lot of short fiction, from novelettes down to collections of "drabbles" (100 word flash fiction stories). Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by BigAl
2.0 out of 5 stars OK I read it
Ok I read it. It isn't much of a story, I'm not even sure what happened. Maybe as an outline for a story twice or even 3X as long it wound be good. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun short story with a surprise ending!
I have no shame in admitting that I never used to be a fan of short stories. But it's stories like this that have made me a convert. Celebrity Space is a sheer delight to read. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Kevis Hendrickson
2.0 out of 5 stars Take a Pass on This One
There are a couple of hundred good short stories being offered for free right now in the Amazon Kindle store - in the search box for the Kindle store: just type in "short story"... Read more
Published on October 19, 2011 by Michael Gallagher
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Although this was a free short story, it took a few minutes to read and I feel like my time was wasted. Read more
Published on September 23, 2011 by Adam Gonnerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun sci-fi short in the classical style
Dan Cooper, formerly in the Navy, just landed a job on the shuttle to Moonwalk, the Earth's first out-space, luxury hotel. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by K. Sozaeva
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure if this works
I am never sure if a series of short stories work particularly as the author of this series is selling the other short stories for the same price as other authors charge for full... Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick but to the point
As with all great short stories you are left wishing it was longer! The author has a gift for giving you the details you want without dragging it out. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by Rory Miller
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More About the Author

Alain Gomez lives in San Diego and has been writing since she was sixteen. She works in the field of music but has continued to pursue her passion for writing as an independent author. Though she generally sticks to writing shorter stories, Alain enjoys experimenting with a variety of genres including science fiction and fairy tales.

Connect with Alain on her website: www.authoralaingomez.com

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