Saturday, June 23, 2012

Adrift on the Sea of Rains - Ian Sales

An alternate history of a Cold War that escalated into apocalypse. A hotshot fighter pilot (of the not so mythical SR-91 Blackbird successor in this reality) and colonel responsible for a shootdown incident that helped heighten tensions is given a command of the US moonbase. The apocalypse part happens while they are there. So the small contingent of nine men manning the base is cut off. To make things weirder, they have the Nazi Bell. Here they can use the strange advanced energy device to cross worlds with a bit of jerryrigging. A functioning Earth is what they need to find to survive given their lack of supplies. As an added bonus this short book has appendices that list all the Apollo missions for this story, the terminology and also a reading list of fictional and real space science work of interest. All in all, this is excellent. Ebook, hardback or paperback, take your pick. 4.5 out of 5

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