IHU Kindle Edition
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The author skillfully combines his interests in astronomy and philosophy into two characters, a philosopher and a cosmologist. Though they see the world in divergent ways they discover that they have similar aims.
However, their uneasy conversations invite the reader to make comparisons: How are the goals of science and philosophy different? How are they the same? Is one approach right and the other wrong? Can the two coexist comfortably, if at all?
Though the conversations between the women are cordial, a subtle tension runs beneath the surface, yet the outward appearance of harmony makes the climax all the more surprising.
Cliff Hays has demonstrated remarkable creativity in transforming his understanding of two different fields into a fictional union. Thanks to the author for sharing his interests in the philosophical and the astronomical in a way that is so wonderfully clever and memorable.
I haven't read everything from Cliff Hays yet, but every time I grab one of his stories I am left with the realization that I will inevitably end up grabbing all of them.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I met Cliff Hays on Twitter. He read my novel and left a good review. You should know, however, that there is no way in hell I would attach my name to a 5-star review of his work if I thought his work was anything but good and worthy of being read. I refuse to endorse crap, and Cliff Hays' short form writing is the very antithesis of crap. It is bold and weird and complicated, and I love it.
Magnus Von Black
We need emotions in our characters in order to love/hate them, and while IHU's characters do have emotions, they didn't ring true for me. It felt more like Spock wrote the story than Captain Kirk, if I can use science fiction to get my point across since this story is in the same genre.
If Hays could dumb it down a little, make the characters dysfunctional wrecks, and then the masses can enjoy some of the wonderful ideas that Hays has to share with the world.
So, aside from being a fantastic story filled with multiple contemplation points pertaining to life, death, truth, pain, happiness, etc., I thought IHU served as both an expert and artistic illustration of the harmonies and contrasts that can be found between scientific and philosophical methodologies. Assuredly, IHU has earned its place on my all time sci-fi favorites list and I would like to encourage everyone to read this story because it is so awesome!
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