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on July 30, 2010 :
This story, DreamTime, is truly different. From what I’ve been told, the tale originally appeared in Jim Baen’s Universe, alongside such notables as Jack McDevitt and other such authors. So having been accepted at such a prestigious magazine, there is no doubt this is a professional-level story, well constructed and well executed, and one that is very well told in my opinion.
DreamTime, by Rob Shelsky, is the tale of a far-future Earth, where the human race has divided into two, one group being immortal, the “Golden Ones,” and the other group deliberately choosing to remain mortal. Set in an Australia that mirrors a past where its native peoples were once alone and are now again, we meet two such inhabitants, a father and son. They don’t get along, being separated by many differences, including a generation gap, but the greatest of all problems is their contrary feelings toward the Golden Ones. Where the father understands the need for them, his son, Pangalia, does not. When the Golden Ones suddenly reappear, and demand all the children leave Earth with them, the stage is set for a very real conflict.
Can Pangalia be spared this forced separation from his father and his people? Or is their no hope of fighting the powerful Golden Ones? And what are the ultimate objectives of these immortal beings? The answers all lie in DreamTime, a beautifully crafted story of exquisite detail, one with a plot and pathos that is sure to satisfy any reader of good science fiction. Ever wonder what the consequences of being immortal might entail? DreamTime will tell you.
This book gets five stars from me. It’s an excellent read, one that will leave you filled with a sense of wonder.
(reviewed the day of purchase)