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Ray of Light by [Torgersen, Brad R.]
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Length: 30 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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I have to admit, I'm a bit biased here, I've been reading Brad's stuff since his story Outbound first appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact a couple years ago. This story was also first published in Analog-back in December-as a cover story. And it deserved that spot. This story has many things to recommend it: A mysterious alien presence, a wonderfully developed ( and heartbreaking)father-daughter relationship and believable science. It's all there. If you're looking for a wonderful short science fiction read, do yourself a favor and buy Ray of Light.
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After basically an entire childhood hearing about and reading about global warming catastrophes, it's kind of nice to see an opposite story. Humanity is driven into the deep sea to survive on the heat from volcanic vents, following an alien invasion which has blocked out the sun. An entire generation of children have grown up without the sun, and now, they are doing what many old civilizations did: worshiping it. And sacrificing to it, even if that sacrifice is just of themselves, going to the frozen ocean surface to see the sun one time before they freeze.

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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This story centres on the relationship of a father to his daughter with a backdrop of the post-apocalypse. As a father myself I found myself really drawn into this story, could feel what the father felt, his horrors and reliefs. Brad has written in a very sparse manner, I feel, but the emotion is still strong, shown more in speech than exposition.

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.
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I hadn't really made the connection between this story and Bradbury's "All Summer In A Day" until I read these reviews, but after re-reading this story, I do see similarities. But where All Summer's main character looks foraward to seeing the sun and doesn't get to, Torgersen writes of a people who have given up hope of ever seeing the sun again, and then see it in the end. I like the fact that youngsters who either have never seen the sun or are too young to remember are the ones rensponsible for giving humanity back their golden orb.
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.
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When I was in high school I read Ray Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day." The story of this poor girl who lived on Venus and wanted to see the sun left an impression on me, in part because it was well-written sci-fi, but mostly because it tapped into the very basic human emotional connection to sunlight. I don't think I'd ever really thought about what it would be like without sunlight until I read this story as a teenager. Our connection to the sun seems obvious and simple, but I really think there's something profound about this story and the way it made me realize that I take things for granted.

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.
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This is a story about humanity in distress, about a dystopian world where things have gone wrong, but it is also a story about incredible hope. At its heart, this is a story about a family, and it is that story, combined with the hope, that will make you cry. I won't give away any more. You'll have to read it yourself.
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