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Robert Boyczuk is a supremely talented writer. --- --Cory Doctorow, author of LITTLE BROTHER and MAKERS

About the Author

Robert Boyczuk is the author of HORROR STORY AND OTHER HORROR STORIES, a critically acclaimed short story collection about love, grief, and loss, which is also available from ChiZine Publications. His website is:

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: ChiZine Publications; First edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981374689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981374680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,962,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John R. Petros on May 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm always on the lookout for a strange but plausible story. A friend recommended this book to me. Right from the opening scene you get a sense of scope that will unfold in the coming pages. The characters are interesting and not at all typical. Each one is crafted with their skills and you get a sense of why they'd be out there on such long haul missions.

I love the depth that this book has. Details about the small stuff that really immerses you into that setting. The best part about the book is the connections within the story itself. Its ability to make sense when our main characters connect the dots. The hybrid facilitators in the book make excellent and necessary members, taking data immersion and calculation to the next level, something that could/will be happening as humans augment their bodies with tech in the very near future.

I don't want to give any plot away on this novel. It's certainly not light reading. It's got some serious depth, thanks to the author.

It's a struggle for humans to survive. At times you want the character to give up, but know, deep down that if you were there, you'd have to struggle til the end no matter what ending it may be.

A great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Returning from a 30-year long-haul mission, the crew of the Ea come out of stasis to discover their world - Bh'Harat - dead, and screamer satellites strung around it to warn any potential visitors away - saying "hazard plague hazard plague hazard plague" over and over. Left with no choices, however the crew descends to the surface to try to ascertain what has happened, and to see if they can come up with a way to survive. Can they find a cure for the plague? Is there any hope for Bh'Harat?

This was quite a story - somewhere between hard sci-fi and space opera, but eminently readable by anyone. The plot moved ahead briskly, with plots and counter-plots and counter-counter-plots running amok - at the end, there is no way to tell who is the villain of the piece. I thought that things were left open for a potential sequel - or maybe we're left to determine ourselves how things would proceed from here. Fans of science fiction will love this story - do yourselves a favor and check it out.
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Some spoilers in this review. I picked up this book at my local Chapters bookstore so had no pre-conceived notions on what to expect as I had read no ratings or reviews. There were a number of things that I, as a science fiction fan, enjoy in the genre - technical details, impressive use of the English language with words most people would have to run for a dictionary to understand, and unique alien settings - all things I love in scifi. The trouble was, for three quarters of the novel, these things were wrapped inside a boring story where the two main characters spend weeks and months on end being dullards with only self-pity occupying their existence. In the final quarter, when the story picked up pace, things would occur without any premonition and a character would toss in how that was supposed to happen. At the end, I did not have any resolution for the two main characters, only hints at possibilities. I can accept that as an ending commonly found in scifi, but in this case I was disappointed in the authors decision to run that course.
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By S. Heise on July 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I JUST NOW finished this book....this is an excellent, excellent book! Maybe not the best characterizations, maybe not "literary" but I gotta say this is the best Hard SF book I have read in a long, long time. In my mind it sits directly in the middle of the types of books Alastair Reynolds and Jack McDevitt write. Analog would have been LUCKY to have serialized this book.
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