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Rob Shelsky is an avid and eclectic writer, and averages about 4,000 words a day. He has several novels to his credit and two anthologies, with two romances out now, a Regency romance, Verity, along with the sequel, Faith, and soon to come, a time-travel romance.
Rob has written science fiction articles for such magazines as The Internet Review of Science Fiction, numerous articles for AlienSkin Magazine, Neometropolis, Midnight Street (UK), Doorways, and other publications. Rob has had short stories published with Jim Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, AlienSkin, Gateway SF, Fifth Dimension, Continuum SF, Sonar4, Uncial Press, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit Magazine, Sex & Murder, and many more. He has a novella coming out in early 2010 with Aberrant Dreams Magazine’s first hardcover edition anthology, The Awakening. Rob’s novella, Avenger Of The People, will appear there alongside the works of such sci-fi greats as Alastair Reynolds, Ian Watson, Jana Oliver, Robert Madle, and just so many others. There is even an introduction by Jack McDevitt.
Rob has a short story, Green Waters, now out with Sonar4’s Phase Shift anthology, and a paranormal story, Light On The Moor, coming out with Smashwords and Amazon.com.
Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but a contributing editor for Currate.com travel articles, as well as being a reviewer for Novelspot. He is also a resident science fiction columnist for AlienSkin Magazine.
Although widely traveled and continuing to travel, Rob now lives in North Carolina. He enjoys contemplating ideas for new stories while watching the sunsets over the mountains and sipping a glass of red wine, preferably a decent Merlot.
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on July 30, 2010 :
Serpent Caravan by Rob Shelsky is the tale of an odyssey and struggle of stranded colonists. Sent to a marginal world, one barely suited for human habitat, these people struggle to survive in a place where they hope the alien Sinaquan won’t find them. These invading creatures are intent on the extermination of all human life.
However, the exhausted world of Viejo, an earth-sized planet orbiting the gas giant Prometheus, isn’t hidden quite well enough. The Sinaquan do find the humans, even as they are looking for a new site for their colony, a more hidden one. After their attack, the few remaining survivors must find some place safe to try to make a life for themselves. This isn’t easy. Viejo swims in the radiation belt of its gas giant neighbor, making the mere fact of being out in the open just too dangerous. The planet also has migrating seas, which means the colonists can only travel between sea rise, and sea fall. The days are weeks long and hot. The nights are just as long, and so cold, even some of the air freezes. On top of all this, there are the dreaded “swarmers.” These creatures travel in hordes, and seem intent on consuming everything in their path. The colonists have no choice but to wend their dangerous way through all of this, trying to find safety and salvation at the end of their long journey in their armored Serpent Caravan.
I heartily recommend this book. It is a true odyssey done in the traditional sense, and one done under harrowing circumstances. You can’t help but sympathize with these people, feel for them, the difficulties they go through, the hardships they endure, the awful alien menaces they face. Also, the real reason they were sent to the world of Viejo turns out to be a good twist. Without giving away the details, I can still say that the moral of this is to never trust your own government, as the colonists find out the hard way.
Superbly written with beautifully done descriptions and well fleshed-out characters and plot, Serpent Caravan, by Rob Shelsky, is a jewel of story telling, a good, solid piece of science fiction. I give this tale all five stars. It’s worth it. Read Serpent Caravan. I guarantee you will enjoy it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)