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Phantom Sense & other stories Paperback – June 15, 2012
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"Rick Lovett and Mark Niemann-Ross have written some of the most thought provoking and entertaining stories I've read in years. If speculation is your thing, then this collection is for you." Jerry Oltion, Winner of Nebula and Endeavour Awards
"Richard A. Lovett and Mark Niemann-Ross are two halves of one of the best science fiction writers Analog magazine has ever discovered. Here are five of the most original, most entertaining, fascinating, and just plain fun stories to emerge from this happy collaboration. "
David R. Palmer, award-winning author of Emergence and Tracking
"Lovett is probably Analog's best regular writer"
Locus, July 2011
"Phantom Sense . . . is a lesson in how to write a short. . . . From the start it grabs you and never lets go. In every way this story reminded me how good Science Fiction shorts can be. "
"It is interesting when one writer releases a series of short stories, but when two notable ones join together, anything can happen, and it has with this award-winning team. " - Sandra Scholes for SF Site
From the Author
Thanks to the scientists and computer engineers whose ideas we happily borrowed in developing these stories. Just because we found frightening ways to misuse some of these ideas doesn't mean ours aren't exciting times in which to live. Many of the problems we address, in fact, are like today's Internet scams-and just because email helped make them rampant it doesn't mean email was a bad idea. But wouldn't it have been great if someone had seen the Nigerian Scam (plus a half-dozen or so other bad things) coming, back at the dawn of the Internet? Could we have then found ways to defeat them before they became so prevalent?
For those of you who love technology, maybe these stories can help serve as pre-emptive strikes against bad things of the future. Regardless, they're basically stories of people dealing with technological change, just as people have been forced to do all the way back to the invention of fire and the wheel. So, thanks again to all who contributed; and to the rest of you, enjoy.
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In the title story, "Phantom Sense," a futuristic ex-special ops sergeant fights for his daughter's life and his sanity in a story that is multilayered and rather haunting in its compassionate portrayal of both protagonist and villain. In "A Deadly Intent," a mystery killer is at loose in the starkly beautiful and strange world of Antarctica. "New Wineskins" is a mystery adventure in which a world-weary journalist trying to get her big break finds herself playing way out of her league. "NetPuppets" explores what happens when technology, ethics and interpersonal relations collide.
I read for emotional appeal first, but with sci-fi I'm always looking for the "aha" use of technology. In Phantom Sense the technology is very "ripped from tomorrow's headlines," featuring imaginative applications of current technology or that's under development. Lovett and Nieman-Ross clearly know their stuff, as the brief afterword for each story describes the extensive research that went into the story development.
All in all, a very enjoyable, satisfying read.
--David R. Palmer
Author of Emergence & Tracking