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The Vast Expanse Beyond by [Rose, Michael K.]
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About the Author

Michael K. Rose works primarily in the science fiction and adventure genres but has written horror, fantasy and paranormal fiction as well.

His first major work, Sullivan's War, has been called "... a sci-fi thriller that definitely delivers!" His second novel, Chrysopteron, has been hailed as a "... gem of a novel..." and "a masterpiece."

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

For more information, please visit MichaelKRose.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DWPEUS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Short Stories by Michael K. Rose features ten works, a diverse collection of literary gems sure to delight any reader. It starts with "Sergeant Riley's Account", which is a preview of sorts to the Sullivan's War trilogy. But don't be fooled. This is not only an introduction to the series, but a respectable stand-alone tale in itself, set in the future on another planet. (I'd like to take moment to praise Sullivan's War. I read the series and loved it.)

From speculative fiction, to magic, to alternate realities, to precognizance, Short Stories offers the reader intriguing speculation, engaging plots, surreal concepts, and poignant irony.

Mr. Rose is a talented author with a gift for nuance in any genre. His material is fresh, thought-provoking, and downright entertaining. I highly recommend Short Stories to any fiction lover, especially those who appreciate sci-fi. What you can expect from a work by Michael K. Rose: a well-written, compelling journey to other realities, worlds, and perspectives. In his writing, Mr. Rose poses the question, "What if?", and then proceeds to answer it in style.

(I generally reserve 5* ratings for epic works such as Tolkien's LOTR, but I give this book the highest possible rating shy of five stars.)
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