A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity

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If you had a terrible secret, perhaps you'd find time dilation has its uses...

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Published: April 30, 2010
Words: 2,410
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452316451
About Andrew Burt

Dr. Andrew Burt is a professional science fiction writer and former Vice President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., whose publication credits include dozens of published short stories and one novel. He herds Critters (www.critters.org), the first writer's workshop on the web. Outside of science fiction, he founded the world's first Internet service provider, has been a computer science professor (research in networking, security, privacy, and free-speech/social issues), and a technology consultant/author/speaker. He's currently CEO of TechSoft, and President of GreenAroundYou.org. For a hobby, he constructs solutions to all the world's problems. Fortunately -- nobody listens. He lives in the Rockies with his wife and their two parrots.

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Review by: Bill Wight on April 04, 2011 : star star star star
A short but interesting Sci-Fi story with a new plot. A good read and thought provoking. A tale of the ultimate of unintended consequences.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Terry Traub on March 23, 2011 : star star star star
This is a poignant story about the end of humanity and one man's struggle to revive his species. He also happens to be the one who inadvertently ended his species' existence through the accidental release of an infertility virus. The story touches upon time travel and the dangers of biological research. Is it ultimately too dangerous to engage in DNA splicing and the creation of new viral life forms? We may find out, to our regret, in the not-too-distant future. It's a short story and does not require more than an hour or two, but you will find yourself yearning for more. Maybe the author can expand it out to a novel some day.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Peter Morgan on March 18, 2011 : (no rating)
It's hard to write a a story with a SF setting, chracter development, and conflict in 2500 words. This story winds up as a thought piece, not much different in narrative structure from an essay proposing the effects of permanent universal infertility. The World Without Us. Sidebar-- The movie on that theme noted that after a millennium the only evidence of man's having inhabited the earth would be the flag the astronauts planted on the moon!
Back to the Captain's tale, though. Why did Buchanan chose such a long cycle of returns? Perhaps the infertility gene had slow but inexorable penetrance? Another carp- What happened to the dynamo of evolution? Could it have been stalled in some way by the INVIR? For millions of years?
Peter Morgan (long-time Critter, still evolving)
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