- File Size: 108 KB
- Print Length: 30 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Silent Forge Press (February 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007E5ZTKA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This story did a good job of establishing its presence and wrapping things up, all in one go. I had all the info I needed, and I ended feeling satisfied.
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I read the first section free on Analog's website and it ended on a cliff hanger (naturally) so I came to Amazon to buy the rest.
I'm not sure what I was expecting from the end, but i felt a little disappointed in the ending. I still can't put my finger on it.
Otherwise a great little read.
Most stories with kids as the heroes tend to be written a bit more shallow, to make the story accessible to children. But this story is written with all the emaotional depth and intelligence I've come to expect and enjoy from Torgersen's stories. Definately worth the purchase price.
Brad Torgersen's "Ray Of Light" reminded me a lot of Bradbury's story (a comparison that I hope he would see as high praise). It has an interesting apocalyptic sci-fi premise. The world has had it's atmosphere changed by aliens, and the result is that the sun's rays have been reflected away from the surface, leaving it cold and uninhabitable to human life. Humanity has been forced to live in the warmer ocean environment (or in some cases near volcanoes).
Beyond the interesting premise, what really made me love the story was how basic, pure, and human the character's motivations are. In very short time, and without a lot of setup I found myself rooting for the ocean-dwelling protagonist father who was trying to protect his daughter from an early death. They both represent distinct generations of humanity: The older group who remember what it was like before the sun disappeared and resign themselves doggedly to the idea of survival in the ocean depths, and the younger generation who has only seen the sun in photos and videos, and desperately want to see this glowing orb with their own eyes.
Honestly, I can't imagine spending about an hour of my time reading a short story that I could enjoy much more than this one. I highly recommend it to anyone with a soft spot for positively-inclined sci-fi.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great read. A story of sadness and hope in a world destroyed by an unknown alien race. Would love for Mr. Torgersen to write a sequel.Published on April 23, 2013 by No More Martians
I liked the story, but somehow it rang hollow at the end. Needs more character inter-action. Lucille and the daughter are not well enough developed.Published on March 27, 2013 by Lawrence L. Breer
A beautifully-written glimpse into the troubles of a broken family set in a post-apocalyptic undersea world. Loved it. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Spectre
Great story-hope it wins the Hugo! I voted for it. A nominee for both the Nebula and Hugo awards this past year. If you liked this story be sure and check out Outbound as well.Published on July 24, 2012 by BadBlue
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