Ascension machine by Rod Edwards

Super heros in a science fiction story ? I wouldn’t have believe it but it works. It works so well I highly recommend this book.

The story
It starts nice and easy with a young man taking another man’s place and overwhelmed by the events. but it grows rapidly without breaking pace.

The characters
The characters are well described, as well as the story is well built. You’ll like them and the way they interact together is fun

As a whole
It works so well you’ll read the next page, and the next, and … the book will be over !

Posted by Fabrice Stephan in Human Starpilots

My latest book is out !

My latest book is out, released today wide on all retailing platforms !
I love short stories, especially the classics from the golden age. They can be sad or happy, modern or a revisit of a classic, but they give us the possibility to explore so many concept and ideas.
These stories led to unique digital images or sprang from seeing them. The book also incudes those images !
Posted by Fabrice Stephan in General

A lot of fun

I discovered years ago Robert Asprin while browsing paperback books at Shakespeare & co. The cheap covers didn’t entice me to go further.

This summer, I chose this book to change from my usual read.

What a good surprise! I recommend it.

This won’t be hard scifi or high literature. BUT
– the narrator is excellent
– the characters are cool, well-defined and likable
– the story is fun
I really enjoyed this book a lot.

Posted by Fabrice Stephan in Human Starpilots

Against the fall of night – from A.C. Clarke

This summer, I have gone back to classics. I like to do that from time to time. And someone (whom i’ll have to thank) pointed me toward “against the fall of the night” from A.C. Clarke.

I am a great fan of “The city and the stars” and when I learned of a novella which had been written before, the prototype of the novel,I had to go and read it.

– Novella vs novel

I like both. Both are excellent read although the novel is more complete and fulfilling than the novella

Knowing both, reading the novella was a lot of fun, checking what he kept or not. Some words or paragraphs didn’t change at all. Some a lot more. Fascinating.

– The story

Ah, the story will stay with you long after the read. This is not your classic dictatorial dystopia. No. Quite the reverse since men created perfect everlasting society. This is not the desperate search for some order in a chaotic world but the return of a little of chaos in static worlds. A fantastic read !

As you can guess by now, I was stunned by the novella, enjoying as much as I had enjoyed the book itself. Treat yourself and read it !

Posted by Fabrice Stephan in Human Starpilots

Listening to Way station from Clifford D Simak

I read Way Station decades ago and decided to listen to it. Well, I have to recommend it.

  1. General comment : this is an old text and it has aged in the way the story is told. And yet, each time I found it slow and thought about putting it down, then, something else happened and I had to continue … Definitely worth listening to.
  2. Story : What makes us members of the entire galactic community ? More would spoil you but it’s amazing.
  3. Characters : They are so detailed ! the author prepares the twists of his plot well in advance laying everything we need to know long before the action starts.
  4. In short, I was surprised by how profound and well thought the story is. A must-read !


Posted by Fabrice Stephan in Human Starpilots

Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr

I just finished this book and I’d like to recommend it.

A most excellent detective story set in a roman alternative world. The characters are quite engaging and the description of the roman city, Egretia, quite detailed, so detailed you feel you are really living in it. I really enjoyed the entire story !

Posted by Fabrice Stephan in Human Starpilots

A perfect bookfair to prepare for summer

I want to recommend this bookfair.

  1. because I am in it 🙂
  2. because there are awesome authors in there !

In summer, for my part, I increase my reading. This year (of all years) I go and sit outside for  a quiet read with open sky above me.

Posted by xm3p4hyc in Human Starpilots

Release alert : early departure is out

Don’t miss this short story which will take you to Titan Primary Space Station.

Humanity conquered the solar system during its golden age. But those times are long gone. AIs, once designed to help humanity reach the stars, have grown out of control.

Captain John Lester is preparing for the return to Earth. Will you join him ?

Posted by xm3p4hyc in Human Starpilots
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