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The Vast Expanse Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Michael K. Rose
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Book Description

Explore the universe with the author of The Sullivan Saga!

Plant the seeds of rebellion on a distant planet, and get away with the perfect murder in interstellar space. Show an unusual visitor around New York City, and then find out what might have happened the day Sigmund Freud met Gustav Mahler.

In this collection, Michael K. Rose presents ten diverse tales ranging from conventional science fiction to psychological horror to whimsical magic realism. Whatever your tastes, you are bound to discover many favorites among them.

Note: This book was previously published under the title SHORT STORIES. The content remains essentially unchanged.


"Sergeant Riley's Account"
"Inner Life"
"Mahler's Tenth"
"If I Profane with My Unworthiest Hand"
"A Random Selection"
"Main & Church"
"The Tunnel"
"Pedro X."
"The Vast Expanse Beyond"

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About the Author

Michael K. Rose is a writer of science fiction and literary fiction novels and short stories. His work has received rave 4- and 5-star reviews and the books in his Sullivan's War series are frequent inhabitants of the Bestsellers in Science Fiction Series list. For more information please visit

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  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If there was an author new to the world of publishing that I would place next to Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, and Isaac Asimov, it would be Michael K. Rose. His collection Short Stories was not only entertaining, it was filling from both a philosophical as well as emotional viewpoint. It was at times dark, light and colorful. It was sound in element, true to form and at no time did I think to myself "That's it?"

Short Stories is not only thought-provoking, it is the purest form of literature, as rich as a bottle of Montrachet 1978 and as tasty as a generous cut of Wagyu beef.

Rose's style reminds me of two authors in particular: Poe and Bradbury. I mention this because I so immersed myself in their work when I was younger, I thought there could never be an equal. Perhaps in time, Rose's work will sit high on the shelf with these two greats. For now, though, his work sits on MY shelf along with the best the world of literature has seen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Game Changer!! June 26, 2012
Every so often, a writer comes along that changes the way you see the world around you. For me, Michael K. Rose is that author, his writings while entertaining make me contemplate life, love, and the future.

"Short Stories" is a collection of stories that explore humanity and the unknown."Sergeant Riley's Account","Sleep",Inner Life","Mahler's Tenth," and "If I Profane With My Unworthiest Hand"; previous stories by Rose flesh out this collection with several other new tales.

It's hard to pick a favorite of the new group of tales, but "Pedro X." is one that clings to the recesses of my mind. It is a powerful read that strikes close to the heart(for me).
What else can I say? Stop reading this review and purchase "Short Stories" to find out just how good Michael K. Rose is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Writing December 24, 2012
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I was looking for inspiration, i often will go to SCI FI when i am looking for something to draw and i am glad i came here. I just finished Forever War so i am having a hard time making the transfer to this type of author but i am slowly opening up a bit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection July 11, 2012
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Every time I read something by Michael K. Rose I remember why I like it, his clean prose and his inventive. If you are a fan of science fiction or horror, this collection of short novellas, in part available on their own, is all you need to spend a few hours of good reading. Everyone will find something for his taste. Be assured that after finishing The Vast Expanse Beyond you'll be hooked and you'll want more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific choice for any reader! July 4, 2012
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Readers familiar with this author will jump at the chance to sample any new offering and for the newcomer this is a wonderful opportunity to learn why that's true. Effortlessly crossing genres in a manner few authors can match, Rose continues to mesmerize readers with tales as varied as they are enjoyable. Whether it's an eerie spine-tingling tale that plunges into the depths of the inner mind or a galaxy-spanning science fiction, readers are in for a fantastic journey that won't disappoint. Words like superlative, captivating and thought-provoking are rightfully used to describe the author's work in general and that includes this collection. I heartily give "Short Stories" an enthusiastic `thumbs-up' and 5-star rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! Such An Amazing Book! July 4, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book of short stories! The author did an amazing job putting it all together! The stories really grabbed at my attention and I couldn't tear myself away from reading! these stories will leave you wanting much much more and leave you wondering "what if" and could there really be more out there that is beyond our reach or knowledge? pick up this book today and get lost in this amazing collection of short stories!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Though provoking and emotionally charged collection June 25, 2012
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Short Stories is filled with thought-provoking, emotionally-charged stories. From the science fiction of everyday life, to the inner life of a human being, to the mysterious expanses of space, these stories are vessels to carry you to places you never dreamed you could go. No other writer today can pull together such different stories and weave the words together with the skill to keep you thinking about them long after you have finished. Definitely not a collection you want to miss!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Mix of Stories June 25, 2012
By Craig
I struggled to find my favorite of these short stories as they were all great in their own way. I read them in a couple of sittings, and I enjoyed the switches that my mind made from one story to the next. I know many people review short story collections and say there is something for everyone, but that has not always held true for me.

Michael K. Rose has accomplished just that in his latest release. There truly is something for everyone in Short Stories. I had fun reading the collection, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Thanks Mr. Rose for providing me with a well written, thought provoking book.
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More About the Author

Michael K. Rose is a science fiction author who also dabbles in horror, fantasy and paranormal fiction.

His novel SULLIVAN'S WAR has been called "...a sci-fi thriller that definitely delivers!" and his collection SHORT STORIES has been praised as "...the purest form of literature, as rich as a bottle of Montrachet 1978 and as tasty as a generous cut of Wagyu beef." His novel CHRYSOPTERON has been hailed as a "...gem of a novel..." and "a masterpiece."

Michael graduated from Maine's Gould Academy in 1997 and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University. He enjoys chess, tabletop gaming and classical music. He currently resides in the Phoenix area.

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