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on July 31, 2010 :
Worm Sign, by Rob Shelsky, brings us a world tottering on the brink of nuclear war, and where a small group of scientists are struggling to create wormholes to parallel universes. These just might be the key to salvation--at least, for some, if not all of Earth’s billions. There is a problem, however. Every wormhole that opens up does so to an alternate reality in the middle of, or just after, the throes of its own violent nuclear holocaust. No one could possibly want to go there! But there is no getting away from this problem, it seems.
For Roddy, head of the team of researchers trying to beat the clock, and who is racing to try to resolve this issue, to try to find a way to a safe parallel universe, there is another problem. This is Doctor Wexler, an egotistical scientist who resents Roddy’s being in charge.
Then, when the scientists hit upon the idea of worm sign, that is, evidence of other universes simultaneously also opening their wormholes to different realities, there just might be a solution. But the clock is ticking. Nuclear war is looming. Wexler is plotting something, and somehow, someway, the scientists have to find a wormhole without worm sign. And Roddy, along with his coworker, Lacey, must find the answers and soon!
This is a different take on the whole idea of wormholes. Mr. Shelsky weaves a very plausible story, one that uses the idea of “worm sign” to advantage. This term, of course, is no doubt a direct tribute to Frank Herbert and his Dune books, but here it is used somewhat differently, but not as much as you might think. Worm Sign, by Rob Shelsky, is a masterful piece of storytelling. Even when you think the heroes have won the day, it still manages to throw in one last twist. A dark story, but also one of adventure and heroics, Worm Sign is a tale worth reading. I enjoyed it immensely.
As seems to be the case with me of late, with reference to the author, Rob Shelsky, I must give him another five-star rating. His stories just deserve it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)