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Traveling In Space Paperback – October 21, 2011
"Many of the aliens' encounters with human beings are downright funny...much to think about and I'm sure that "Traveling in Space" will play on my mind for some time to come" -- Russell Blackford, Neworld Review & Metamagician and the Hellfire Club blog
"A unique spin of science fiction... With much humor and much to think about...not to be overlooked" -- Midwest Book Review.
From the Author
PRAISE FOR STEVEN PAUL LEIVA AND "TRAVELING IN SPACE"
"Steven Leiva not only promises, but delivers. Beautifully Written" --Ray Bradbury.
"Traveling in Space's humor and refreshing perspective are thoroughly enjoyable" -- Diane Ackerman, New York Times bestselling author of The Human Age and A Natural History of the Senses
"Leiva's immense gifts are matched only by his wry, biting wit" -- Paul Provenza; author of "¡Satiristas!" director of "The Aristocrats," host of Showtime's "The Green Room with Paul Provenza."
"Wry humor, intellectual insight and terrific story telling are the consistent signatures of Leiva's work." -- Ken Kragen, legendary Hollywood producer/manager and space buff.
More About the Author
Eventually he escaped -- or was expelled -- after producing the animation for "Space Jam," pairing the witty Bugs Bunny with the sweaty Michael Jordan.
And beyond the prison walls of Hollywood:
His play, "Made on the Moon," had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been performed in America by such actors as Paul Provenza, Robert Picardo and John Billingsley.
His Hollywood satiric thrillers, "Blood is Pretty: the First Fixxer Adventure" and "Hollywood is An All Volunteer Army: The Second Fixxer Adventure" have been published by Crossroad Press and feature, not surprisingly, the mysterious character, The Fixxer.
Leiva's science fiction satire on man's place in the universe, "Traveling in Space," a unique first contact novel told from the aliens' point-of-view, has been published by Bluroof Press.
Bluroof Press has also published "Searching for Ray Bradbury: Writings about the Man and the Writer," eight essays that Steven wrote about his friend and colleague from 2009 to 2012
In 2010 Steven created and organized RAY BRADBURY WEEK IN LOS ANGELES in celebration of the literary master's 90th birthday, and directed, as part of the celebrations,Bradbury's one-act play, "The Better Part of Wisdom," starring James Cromwell, Seamus Dever, and Jeff Cannata. A historical record of RAY BRADBURY WEEK, with photos and videos, can be found at the RAY BRADBURY WEEK Facebook page. Steven also spearheaded the effort to name the major downtown Los Angeles intersection of Fifth & Flower, Ray Bradbury Square.
Steven's latest from Crossroad Press is the comic comic novel, "By the Sea", a modern adult fairy tale with an ensemble cast of Cinderellas.
Steven has written articles, essays and reviews for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, The Bulletin: the quarterly magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Massimo Pigliucci's Scientia Salon, and the New York Journal of Books. He became a blogger for the Huffington Post in 2012 on the recommendation of the Huff Post's then great Senior Science Correspondent, Cara Santa Maria.
Steven lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
"Traveling in Space" is spiced throughout with wit and humor. Not to allow any cats from bags, while reading chapter 21 "Angel Voice! You're My Choice!" I was laughing so hard I had to keep dabbing my eyes so that I could see the words on the page. As the book's remaining pages become fewer and we readers know the end is near Mr. Leiva leaves only the most touching question unanswered...at least until the final sentence. In that sentence the author gives us a funny little surprise, but so packed with significance that we fully understand this most satisfying ending.
To my delight, I was guided to this book by a friend and I hope you will allow me to expand on that favor and be your guide in discovering this brilliant work.
The entire story is told strictly from the point of view of the aliens, who come from what they call,The Living World. That does take a bit of getting used to at first, in the way the aliens think and speak, (we are simply called, Otherlife) but isn't that the fun of really good SF, getting you out of your comfortable human zone? The best ones allow an examination of human culture from an otherworldly point of view, making us think long and hard about who we are as a species. Leiva does a great job here, keeping the aliens consistent, and always engaging.
Any SF story is allowed at least one "gimme" and this one is, admittedly, a doozy, but just go with it and enjoy the ride. There is a bit of fantasy element at work here as well, the Living Worlders look exactly like us, except that they are so genetically advanced that they appear extremely beautiful to Earth people. You just have to go with that, and the plusses and minuses of their advancements are explored in full, and are part of the plot.
This is his first SF book, and I was expecting some creaky technology. However I was knocked out by some of the unique ideas, especially the frequent use of the different kinds of "bubbles"; very cool indeed. Bubbles are difficult to explain in this short review, but as the story moves along they start to make more sense. It allows Leiva to get around the "Treknology" problem of creating new miraculous devices as the plot gets sticky and harder to resolve.Read more ›
If you’re not familiar with Leiva’s work, that’s OK, I wasn’t either. But the man has had an interesting career and has done lots of fun things — heck, he produced the animation for Space Jam. Space Jam! I think it’s only a matter of time before Leiva is more well known in sci-fi circles because his writing is stellar — some might even say it’s interstellar, in fact. You’d be just as well served to read Traveling in Space, but paired with the range of Cannata’s voices, it’s an excellent listen also.
If you’ve already glazed over because sci-fi isn’t your thing — wake up! This is not your average UFO story for a few key reasons. First, it’s a very adult book with adult themes and some mature language. Second, this is a story told entirely from the aliens’ perspective. And finally, Traveling in Space is not an action story about going to war against aliens in the vein of Ender’s Game, Independence Day or other alien invasion stories with which you might be familiar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Aliens meet Earth, from the Aliens point of view. And a wonderful POV it is. The Aliens are curious about Earthlings, who they call Otherlife. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mathieu
I was intrigued by the description of this book. Alien visitors to Earth as told from their perspective. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. E. Drury
A rather satirical tale, not hard SF. A worthwhile read for all that, with some well made observations of our society.Published 4 months ago by Richard Shillito
I bought the audio on the strength that the idea seemed original... but found it was very longwinded and conventional... and got away from the original idea as it developed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jesse CRAIGNOU
Despite its non-specific title, this book sets out very specific goals for itself and thoroughly fulfills them. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Timothy Eldred
Joe Dacy II (The Kindle Book Review)
First contact stories, especially those taking the perspective of the aliens, are difficult to pull off but the author does so with... Read more
Traveling in Space's humor and refreshing perspective are thoroughly enjoyable.Published 15 months ago by Bibliophile
For whatever reason, I haven't found many science fiction authors who have the capability of blending dry humor into a techno/philosophical/sci-fi drama. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Greg T
The premise of the story was good, and I appreciated the humor. It was a light read and the pages turned fast but ultimately I didn't enjoy this all that much.Published 17 months ago by Mark