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Rocket Science: Fiction and Non-Fiction
edited by Ian Sales
Mutation Press, 314 pages

Ian Sales
Ian Sales was only three when Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon, but he didn't see it on television because he grew up in the Middle East. He lived in Qatar, Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, before returning to the UK for schooling, spending only the holidays abroad. After graduating from university, he returned to Abu Dhabi to work first for the Higher Colleges of Technology, and then for a national oil company. He came back to the UK in 2002 and settled in Yorkshire, where he now works as a database administrator for an ISP.

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Rocket Science: Fiction and Non-Fiction It started out as an open call for submissions and turned into a book of short stories and non-fiction essays that show how good a compilation of stories can be. For a long time now, science fiction has become science fact; the quirky gadget from the original Star Trek series developed into today's cell phone, while the PADD from Star Trek TNG became the e-reader device many of us read novels and stories on around the world.

This collection of stories and essays convey what is possible, and what we write can later turn into fact. Isn't that one of the best reasons to read these stories?

Rocket Science: Fiction and Non-Fiction does bring together fantasy and fact, and increases the possibility of any of the seventeen tales coming true. This is what readers will no doubt like and the editor uses a bunch of selected published writers, from professional astrophysicists to aerospace engineers. For me, editor Ian Sales has thought this through, and brought us true science fiction with punch.

Most of today's science fiction is written into small places within the vast universe, or uses fantastic technology to make the stories interesting. With these writers on board, there will be none of that, only a realistic depiction of what the possibilities could be in each story. Each story has a short biography at the end, so readers get to know more about who the writer is, and their background as well as their other published writings.

Copyright © 2013 Sandra Scholes

Sandra has had her work published in the GLR, Fantasy Book Review and the British Fantasy Society.


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