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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Bluroof Press (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615478506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615478500
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Superbly entertaining and unique...thought provoking." -- The Mindquest Review of Books

"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!" --Ray Bradbury.
  • "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.
  • "This book is bloody brilliant!" -- Nate, "NoMoreCrazyPeople" on the Rational Response Squad Forum.

More About the Author

STEVEN PAUL LEIVA toiled for many years in the hills and valleys of Hollywood as a producer and writer, working with the great and the not-so-great, who were often, oddly, one and the same.

He produced the animation for "Space Jam," pairing the witty Bugs Bunny with the sweaty Michael Jordan.

And outside 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 satiric thriller, "Blood is Pretty: the First Fixxer Adventure," was followed by "Hollywood is An All Volunteer Army," not surprisingly the second Fixxer Adventure.

Leiva's most recent novel, a science fiction satire on man's place in the universe, is "Traveling in Space," a 21st Century Gullivers Travels with Homo sapiens as the Lilliputians.

Steven instigated and organized RAY BRADBURY WEEK IN LOS ANGELES in 2010 in celebration of the literary master's 90th birthday, and directed Bradbury's one-act play, "The Better Part of Wisdom," starring James Cromwell, as part of the celebrations. An 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 book is "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


Steven has written articles, essays and reviews for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Neworld Review and The Bulletin, the quarterly magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. 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 with his wife, Amanda, and his daughter, Miranda, who are known collectively as the Andas.

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The characters are well developed, the alien culture is interesting, and the approach is unique.
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The characters, dialog and situations were unique and interesting from start to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitchs Calf on August 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is as good as anything in my science fiction collection. Heinlein, Brin, Adams, Brust, it doesn't matter, Steven Leiva deserves to be in their company. The book is funny, sure. Laugh-out-loud-as-you-are-reading-it funny even. But the humor is grounded in insights about how we live and how we think. Authors who can do that consistently are few and far between, but Steven Leiva is one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By papakent on August 16, 2013
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"Traveling in Space" is a "history" written by a member of a large group of alien beings who, by random chance, encounter our earth. The give and take between the two cultures is insightful, imaginative and exciting to read. Here is a book of science fiction in which the psychological and sociological elements are as valid and accurate as the scientific ones.

"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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hart on June 21, 2013
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I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book as much as Traveling In Space. The characters, dialog and situations were unique and interesting from start to finish. I have read many, many "First Contact" books and stories over time, but never had read one that had such a fun premise.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJP on December 6, 2013
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Possibly the most straight-faced satire I've ever read; Traveling in Space combines wit, adventure and detailed character study, as well as throwing in harsh examinations of the human concepts of love, religion and politics.

When interstellar travellers arrive above Earth, curious about the Otherlife, you quickly find yourself on a satirical romp that uses the utterly deadpan humour and total honesty of the Aliens as a foil for the scheming, complicated and emotional Humans.

We delve into morals, both of the unusual and complex problems facing the Aliens when they realise they can't simply take over the earth, and of the Humans, particularly the leaders who see their opportunity for Grand Designs.
The Aliens are not without their own failings, and they are forced to confront their own hypocrisy over their enforced population control, and ultimately with a rogue element of command that threatens their entire relationship with the Earth.

Bitingly dark and endlessly teasing; this novel examines our own often silly idiosyncrasies and beliefs, and asks if we really understand our actions or just follow the base desires of our genetic coding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darrel W. Ray on September 3, 2012
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I don't care for science fiction. I have read, maybe 4 scifi books in my entire life. The only one I liked was Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. When I was asked to "take a look" at Traveling in Space, I did so with great reluctance. I figured I'd read a few pages and then give it to a friend of mine. 200 pages into it, I realized that my friend would have to wait. This is an interesting read. I am no expert on the genre, so take my opinion for what it is, that of a novice. The premise is unlike anything I have seen or heard before. Quite contrary to the "space aliens invade earth" of the War of the Worlds or Plan Nine from Outer Space (My all time favorite Ed Wood movie. Still can't believe it wasn't a parody.) But I digress. Traveling in Space reverses the role most aliens take and creates an fascinating opportunity to look at ourselves through in interesting mirror. This is a story of largely benevolent higher intelligence encountering Earth, with the inevitable miscalculation on the part of both civilizations. The questions it raises had me thinking for days after. I did not read this book all at once, I read it in chunks of 50-100 pages over a week's time - largely because of my limited time this week, but I found myself contemplating the questions that the book raises between readings. I am author of four books and my goal is to get my readers to think, to examine their assumptions, to recognize their blind spots, among other things. I consider my own writing a success if it causes thought and consideration of new viewpoints. Traveling in Space, did that for me. It challenged me to consider many new angles to our existence, relationships, sexuality, and religion. If you are not a science fiction fan, but open to challenge, I think you will like it.Read more ›
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