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His Name In Lights: an ISF-Allion novella [Kindle Edition]

Patty Jansen
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A novella originally published in the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette.
On the strongly volcanic and radiation-soaked surface of the moon Io, the smallest mishap means mortal peril, even for artificial humans like Daniel and Oscar. Clones are expendable and easy to re-create. Why then does company boss Eilin Gunnarsson care so much about these young men that she sends them warnings written on the clouds of Jupiter?

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"Five stars from me, Patty's just scored herself a fan." -
Book blogger Sean (Booknaut)

From the Author

This story is set in Jupiter's moon Io. In order to get certain details as up-to-date as possible, I did some research, and more research, and ended up buying a swathe of astronomy books, and, oops, a book on the parts of the Galileo mission concerning Io, which cost me $150, and... oops! It was all worth it in the end.

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  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME1RA
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  • Lending: Enabled
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Asimov, you'll like this March 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Set on Io, arguably the most dangerous of Jupiter's moons, this hard SF novelette reminded me very much of the late, great Isaac Asimov's work. It is a mixture of well-researched science, robots and politics with a very clever technological twist and a good dose of humanity. Mind you, it is now some years since Dr Asimov passed on and our knowledge of robots, computers and the like have come a long way. Jansen has done her homework. The setting and the tech are convincing and the political situation is all too plausible.

The story is written from the point of view of Daniel, half human half robot, and the female boss of the company which created him. Eilinn is a tough, hard nosed woman with a softer side. I particularly liked the way Jansen described the internal wars between Daniel's robot and human sides. Whether there is any significance in her choice of Daniel as her hero's name I don't know. But I, like many Asimov fans, remember Daneel.

This novelette is the forerunner to a novel. I shall look forward to reading it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more April 18, 2011
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His Name In Lights is a hard SF novelette by Australian Writer Patty Jansen. Now don't let the tag `hard SF' scare you off, there's no Astrophysics or hard science to turn you brains to mush. It's hard science in the background, in the setting.

The Story

Allion Aerospace Ltd. has been contracted by the ISF(International Space Force) to carry out construction work on the volatile surface of Io (one of Jupiter's moons). Owing to the dangerous environment Allion have sent two of their aggregates(advanced human machine hybrids), who operate without the need for space suits.

Meanwhile, the Allion ship Thor III is lacing the cloud bands of Jupiter with balloons(hydrogen filled and with remote controlled lights) as part of the solar systems greatest bill board display.

Io being the hazardous environment that it is, causes problems and a mayday signal is sent from one of the aggregates, the Thor III can't reach them and the ISF grudgingly responds, but things are not as they seem and what started out as a simple tale of construction and human fancy in the outer solar system becomes one of intrigue, danger and surprisingly love.

Plausibility is the name of the game

As a I mentioned above, those of you who aren't Scifi fans or prefer Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey will find His Name in Lights an accessible story. Jansen does a wonderful job of presenting a plausible setting and plausible technologies (and this is where it deserves the Hard SciFi tag).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Name In Lights June 16, 2011
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This is a wonderful story with a completely science fiction setting. It's a story of love, of family, of a struggle against all odds, and importantly one of survival and perhaps it also demonstrates what it is that makes us human. It challenges what really defines who and what we are. It's a story of terraforming new worlds and the challenges we might face. It's a story of brotherly love, and family. Patty Jansen does a wonderful job to craft such a complex, multi-faceted, and highly enjoyable story. It's rich in the detail of science too. For me, Daniel becomes a hero, working with his brother Oscar, in impossible conditions in a remote section of Jupiter's moon, Io, he is tested to his core and demonstrates his humanity. Given a choice you'll ask yourself what would you do when presented with such devastating options. Buy it. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, But Well Written Traditional SF May 5, 2012
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I picked this up when it was offered as a free Kindle download. The current price is $2.99. I only mention that because His Name In Lights is a relatively short novella (35 pages). At that price my standards might have been a little higher.

As it is though, I really enjoyed His Name In Lights. It's a traditional, maybe even slightly old fashioned hard science fiction story with a number of familiar elements to it including space exploration and what makes a person human.

This isn't cutting edge science fiction, but it is solid craftsman like storytelling that takes familiar tropes and creates an entertaining story from them.

It's a one sitting read at that length but it definitely left me wanting to know more about these characters and this universe. It could easily be expanded to around 70 pages without stretching the existing plot much at all. In it's current form a couple of sections seem a little bit rushed.

I enjoyed it enough to look up a couple of Patty Jansen's longer works and add them to my to-read list. Really the only thing stopping me from recommending everyone buy this is the price.

However those of you who have Amazon Prime can get it from the lending library for free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching story June 27, 2014
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I quite enjoyed the story of a poor cyborg working on a miserable place called Io. The volcanically active moon orbiting Jupiter, certainly was making one work assignment, a day he'd never forget.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A short SciFi story in the style of the old ...
A short SciFi story in the style of the old classics (we are talking about 1930-50's. Really well done, but the computer interactions did bother me enough to give it a 4 instead of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by LAZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent science fiction - thank you
This type of thinking persons science fiction is harder to come by of late. It seems most authors are trying to write movie scripts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ron Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sci/fi!!
Daniel and Oscar were on the moon Io, building a protection screen for the earthquakes which would hit with regularity. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars well-imagined and written
This was a well-imagined story, with well-drawn characters and a very interesting premise. I enjoyed it very much, and am looking forward to more from the Jansen pen!
Published on June 3, 2012 by redryder
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh, same-old old sci-fi Men, politics Yuck!
Ya know... I am tired of sci-fi being about men, war, and politics. I think that was why I was so excited with Patty Jansen's Watcher's Web. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by darswords
4.0 out of 5 stars The kind of SF I like
Real science-fiction story. This is what came into my mind reading this novella. I'm tired of novels I read lately, mixing romance, paranormal and SF. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Julius Butcher
3.0 out of 5 stars Look to the Stars
What does it mean to be human? Is it the parts that make the man, or the heart? Is it the DNA or the brain it's made from? Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by X. Vanarsdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly emotional and tech-smart, too
Despite its high dose of technology and immersion into local (neighborhood of Jupiter) politics, this story is essentially a tale of love; filial, maternal, human - take your... Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Patricia Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Interestingly Good
The main character Daniel is wroking on one of the moons of Jupiter. When he runs into trouble it is up to Filin to help save the day. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Real Good SF
Patty Jansen writes hard SF the way it should be written. His Name in Lights is all about the human side of space exploration. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Patty lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes both Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has published over 15 novels and has sold short stories to genre magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Patty was trained as a agricultural scientist, and if you look behind her stories, you will find bits of science sprinkled throughout.

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