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There Goes the Galaxy [Kindle Edition]

Jenn Thorson
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It's the age-old tale of boy meets alien abductor. Boy meets stun-gun. Boy learns he's the only one in the Universe who can save the Earth from extreme world makeover by inter-stellar landlords. (Yeah: he thinks it's a bit much, too.) Like everyone else on his planet, Bertram Ludlow hasn't paid much attention to fluctuations in the intergalactic real estate market. But as a cognitive psychology grad student, he has given some thought to what a complete mental breakdown looks like. And this is pretty close. Now he’s discovering space is a mad and mind-boggling place where interspecies communication rests on the power of a gumball. Where androids demand better work/life balance. Where crime is Art, technology still has its bugs, and lasers don’t go "pyew-pyew." It's also surprisingly easy to get on the Universe's Most Wanted list. So with the weight of the world on his shoulders and the cosmic law on his tail, can Bertram outrun, outwit, and out-bid to save the Earthling squatters from one spaced-out redevelopment plan?


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About the Author

Jenn Thorson always knew she wanted to be a writer; it was the C+ in Penmanship that initially held her back. By the age of 11, she'd written her first mystery novel, Key to the Blue Moon, which her secretary-- er, Mom--was good enough to type up for her. It was a raging hit among the two people she knew.

Spurred by her dramatic success, she went on to write other works, an experience that found her cluing into the Mystery genre, flirting with the Melodramatic Teen style, and becoming better versed in the Embarrassing Poetry of Which We Shall Never Speak Again school of writing. 

Yet, oddly, no one stopped her from attending Carnegie Mellon University for Creative and Professional Writing. And it was here she discovered that humor was in her heart. 

This was a surprise, since the funny bone usually gets so much press.

Soon Jenn graduated from Carnegie Mellon and, with an inconvenient bent toward eating regularly, she took a job as a technical writer for a software development company. In the years that followed, she would move from the joys of explaining where the File menu was, to managing the company's marketing. This, she realized, involved a gleeful combination of Making Stuff Up and Actually Getting Paid for It; so she became a full-time marketing writer in a local advertising firm. She also continued to hone her fiction and her first published story, "The Last Great Play of Rosie Cosnowski" made its way into the Timber Creek Review.

Since those days, Jenn Thorson's stories have been published in the Humor Press, the magazine for the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and Romantic Homes magazine. Her humor blog, Of Cabbages and Kings, has a regular following of readers--fine folks who are simply too polite to ask why the posts are never about monarchy or leaf vegetables. There Goes the Galaxy is her first published novel. 

Jenn lives in Bertram Ludlow's hometown of Pittsburgh, but is definitely mostly sure she's never met extra-terrestrials there.

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  • File Size: 919 KB
  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Waterhouse Press (December 30, 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M2RRRA
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An infopill of fun that needs to be swallowed! September 22, 2011
Format:Paperback
I am not a big fan of science fiction, whether the movies or in print. That declaration out of the way, I want it known that I loved There Goes the Galaxy! Five stars isn't enough in a universe full of 'em!

Poignant, fresh, funny, witty dialogue and characters that keep you wishing you were in the driver seat of a ICV while zipping across the GCU. Err...you'll have to read to understand, and when you do, you won't be disappointed.

Most of all, There Goes the Galaxy was beautifully written. I read a lot, and most of that is new, or self-published authors, doing my part to lend support for those who dream of writing that 'next big thing'. Some are good, some are not so, and others, like Jenn Thorson, come along and pleasantly surprise me by how well an unknown author can write. I was truly impressed, and hopefully, we haven't seen the last of Jenn.

From the beginning I was hooked on There Goes the Galaxy, and was mildly disappointed when it ended. But hopefully we haven't seen the last of Bertrum Ludlow.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully, the start of a series... January 9, 2012
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"There Goes the Galaxy" is a fast-paced, hilarious romp through a galactic civilization by a hapless "tryfling" (earthling) suddenly kidnapped by aliens and charged with saving the Earth from an unknown peril. This story has the some of the same zany humor and feel as "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but the main character has a serious reason to fight his way through many difficulties. The action and backgrounds also have some of the ambience of Keith Laumer's Retief novels, not so much the main character as the aliens, humor and action sequences. The bad guys in the story are sales/marketing divisions of major galactic corporations (who covet Earth for development purposes.)

This is an intelligent and engaging novel that is a lot of fun to read. The ending seems to be set up for a sequel. At least I hope so...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequelize me Captain! November 2, 2011
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I ended up staying up until 3:30 in the morning reading this book! It was great fun and an enjoyable sci-fi romp. Original work in the vein of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with a reflection on our current conventions on coffee bars, book clubs, and media empires.

Looking forward to the sequel!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased, surprised and captivated October 31, 2012
By Jack C.
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I decided to read Jenn's book based solely on her description of it as a humorous science fiction tale. Since I knew she wasn't a prolific, established sci-fi writer I was prepared to be entertained but not overwhelmed by her effort. I was wrong. I was overwhelmed...and very entertained. I'm grateful to social networks since that's where I encountered Jenn and heard about this book.

While it could be said that there are vague similarities between Jenn Thorson's "There Goes the Galaxy" and Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", each has its own unique voice and style. "There Goes the Galaxy" chronicles the adventures of Bertram Ludlow as he unwillingly becomes the sole human being tasked with saving the planet Earth.

American readers will likely find more to identify with in Ludlow than they did with Arthur Dent. For much of the first half of the story he doubts his sanity and seriously considers the possibility that all he's experiencing is little more than the result of a stress-induced mental breakdown, a feeling I suspect most of us would share in similar circumstances. The character of Ludlow is detailed well enough for the reader to feel familiar with him without wasting words on excessive minutiae. In this Jenn is consistant throughout the novel. We get a good feel for people and places without the plot being slowed down with the effort. The only facit of this tale that was mildly disappointing was the ending. But I have to admit it is a clever and satisfying way to leave the reader eager to read the next Ludlow story. And Jenn, you definitely owe us another in this series. I sense Bertram has many more adventures ahead of him. I'm dying to know what happens between him and Rozz, and will Rolliam ever find happiness as a rare book dealer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, interesting read. October 18, 2011
By Mark
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Fun too. I only took a break when the dogs really needed to go out. After a while I left the door open for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Punny :) February 2, 2012
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The book was good, save one or two continuity issues in the story line (which I might not be remembering correctly). I had a lot of fun reading There Goes the Galaxy. Though at times, the puns were laid on a bit thick, such as Seers of Roebuck, podunk, and par too. As a fan of hardcore sci-fi, this was a welcome relief from having people dying in the first paragraph or two because they forgot to test the air for pathogens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, hilarious space romp December 31, 2011
By Melissa
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There Goes the Galaxy was a lot of fun. At first, I tried highlighting the funny parts but quickly realized the whole book was going to be yellow so I gave up and just enjoyed the ride. The author does an excellent job of keeping the humor and word play going non-stop. I'll be looking for more from Jenn Thorson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soap on a rope. December 19, 2011
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I have read thousands of sf novels. This is a great example of absurdist sf, much like Hitchhikers in tone and language, but I can assure you there is only one towel on one page. There is, however, a significant soap on a rope. And our hero, Bertram,and his ex, Rozz, are not merely pinging around the universe, victims of the paddles of fate, but are actively working to save themselves and the Earth.
My favorite scene is when the non-organic rights march is joined by life for tryfe march, engineered by Bertram by offering food for marchers, and then the march turns into a 5,000 member OWS riot. The interview of the compost pile was priceless.
I highly recommend this novel, and I will buy the sequel when it comes out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A really quirky humorous space fantasy. Touches of Adams ...
A really quirky humorous space fantasy. Touches of Adams and Pratchett. Not for the Sci-Fi serious buffs, but for ones who have a distinct sense of the ridiculous.
Published 16 days ago by Cliff Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars fun.fun
Good adventure and very fun read.
really liked this book and look forward to next in series.
The way it was written makes a person almost believe in all these other... Read more
Published 2 months ago by krj
4.0 out of 5 stars First installment of fun, satirical storyline
This is the first time that I've seen reviews saying that an author is reminiscent of Douglas Adams and I've actually agreed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian SLA
3.0 out of 5 stars There Goes the Galaxy
Started to read it and got waylayed by Christmas madness....will get back to it soon. It was recommended by a friend and so far after five chapters, it's quite entertaining.
Published 8 months ago by Nora F. Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Some bad puns but over all a fun read. The end was a bit muddled but if you slow down it's not too hard to figure it out.
Published 8 months ago by L. R. Geis
5.0 out of 5 stars easy fun
If you like Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore, Terry Pratchet, Doug Adams, and Ray Bradbury, you'll probably enjoy this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Night Fire
5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS!!!!!!
This book was hilarious. I generally ready Star Wars type stuff, and this was most definitely not that, but it was worth a buck. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Baya
4.0 out of 5 stars A fraggin' good time
A very good, well-written story that is more fun and comic than science, but clever and entertaining. I found it fun to read and hard to put down. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Stephen Kline
3.0 out of 5 stars To much like The Hitchhiker's...
If you like the genre, I could give it more stars, but it constantly reminded me of The Hitchhiker's books. Not bad, but not a wow. Too lengthy passages of weird space individuals.
Published 13 months ago by Tibor Berki
4.0 out of 5 stars CapClub InfoPill of the Day Right Here
You'll want to hitch a ride to the GCU after reading this book. What can I say? I hope this is the first book in a series because it's one of the best sci-fi comedy books to come... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Meredith L. Fahey
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More About the Author

Jenn Thorson always knew she wanted to be a writer; it was the C+ in Penmanship that initially held her back. By the age of 11, she'd written her first mystery novel, Key to the Blue Moon, which her secretary-- er, Mom--was good enough to type up for her. It was a raging hit among the two people she knew.

Spurred by her dramatic success, she went on to write other works, an experience that found her cluing into the Mystery genre, flirting with the Melodramatic Teen style, and becoming better versed in the Embarrassing Poetry of Which We Shall Never Speak Again school of writing.

Yet, oddly, no one stopped her from attending Carnegie Mellon University for Creative and Professional Writing. And it was here she discovered that humor was in her heart. This was a surprise, since the funny bone usually gets so much press.

Soon Jenn graduated from Carnegie Mellon and, with an inconvenient bent toward eating regularly, she took a job as a technical writer for a software development company. In the years that followed, she would move from the joys of explaining where the File menu was, to managing the marketing of the company's product line. Marketing, she realized, involved a gleeful combination of Making Stuff Up and Actually Getting Paid for It; so she became a full-time marketing writer and project manager in a local advertising firm.

She also continued to hone her fiction, and her first published story, "The Last Great Play of Rosie Cosnowski" made its way into the Timber Creek Review.

Since those days, Jenn Thorson's stories have been published in the Humor Press, the magazine for the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and Romantic Homes magazine.

Her books include There Goes the Galaxy and The Purloined Number.

Jenn is currently working on the third and final book in the There Goes the Galaxy trilogy, which is great fun for her, but less so for her character Bertram Ludlow, since he's already been through quite a lot at her hands.

Jenn Thorson lives in Bertram Ludlow's hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, but is definitely mostly sure she's never met extra-terrestrials there.
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Want to hear more from Jenn Thorson? Follow her on Twitter at: twitter.com/Jenn_Thorson

Or "Like" the There Goes the Galaxy series on Facebook at: Facebook.com/ThereGoestheGalaxy

She promises she won't spend the whole time referring to herself in third person, or Tweeting about her lunch.

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