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Ray of Light [Kindle Edition]

Brad R. Torgersen
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

First appearing in the December 2011 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine, "Ray of Light" is both a tragic and heart-warming novelette of human endurance. Not your typical tale of alien invasion or apocalypse, "Ray of Light" is the story of Max and Jenna Leighton, father and daughter, trapped by catastrophe in the last place on Earth humans have been able to survive an endless, sunless night. "Ray of Light" is nominated for the Nebula Award, for Best Novelette.


Product Details

  • File Size: 104 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Silent Forge Press (February 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007E5ZTKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Nebula Nominated Story February 27, 2012
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I have to admit, I'm a bit biased here, I've been reading Brad's stuff since his story Outbound first appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact a couple years ago. This story was also first published in Analog-back in December-as a cover story. And it deserved that spot. This story has many things to recommend it: A mysterious alien presence, a wonderfully developed ( and heartbreaking)father-daughter relationship and believable science. It's all there. If you're looking for a wonderful short science fiction read, do yourself a favor and buy Ray of Light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story. June 24, 2013
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I hadn't really made the connection between this story and Bradbury's "All Summer In A Day" until I read these reviews, but after re-reading this story, I do see similarities. But where All Summer's main character looks foraward to seeing the sun and doesn't get to, Torgersen writes of a people who have given up hope of ever seeing the sun again, and then see it in the end. I like the fact that youngsters who either have never seen the sun or are too young to remember are the ones rensponsible for giving humanity back their golden orb.
Most stories with kids as the heroes tend to be written a bit more shallow, to make the story accessible to children. But this story is written with all the emaotional depth and intelligence I've come to expect and enjoy from Torgersen's stories. Definately worth the purchase price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ. April 23, 2013
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What a great read. A story of sadness and hope in a world destroyed by an unknown alien race. Would love for Mr. Torgersen to write a sequel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there. March 27, 2013
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I liked the story, but somehow it rang hollow at the end. Needs more character inter-action. Lucille and the daughter are not well enough developed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No question why it was an award-winner March 3, 2013
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A beautifully-written glimpse into the troubles of a broken family set in a post-apocalyptic undersea world. Loved it. Torgersen has a knack for interesting characters in a science fiction world.
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More About the Author

Brad R. Torgersen is a science fiction and fantasy author who debuted in the 26th volume of Writers of the Future, and has since gone on to publish in some of the genre's top venues, such as Analog Science Fiction & Fact magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Galaxy's Edge magazine. In addition to winning the Writers of the Future award, Brad won the Analog Magazine 'AnLab' readers' choice award, and was the 2012 triple nominee for science fiction's top three prizes: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Campbell awards. Brad has also collaborated with bestselling award-winners Mike Resnick and Larry Niven. 2014 will see the debut of Torgersen's first novel--THE CHAPLAIN'S WAR--from Baen Books. A full-time healthcare tech geek by day, Brad is also a United States Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer.

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