Original Strand

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The human race did its best to annihilate itself and certainly went out with a bang. Hundreds of nuclear devices and biological viruses have transformed the earth into a no man’s land. For the isolated moon survivors, biodiversity takes on a whole new meaning.

The story is roughly 9 700 words and was originally published in the June edition (2012) of eFiction. More
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About Steve S. Grant

Steve’s love story with fantasy and Sci Fi goes way back to childhood, where his passion for comic books eventually evolved to novels. After being chief editor of a high school newspaper, he graduated from University with a deep knowledge of the used book stores in the Montreal area.

The desire to write came on gradually, sporadically, over the next years. It was done in spare time, on table corners, during breaks, after nights on the town or whenever the mood struck. Stories took shape, ideas were committed to paper and eventually to computers. It was all done in a disorganized way, as an artistic release.

And then life changed. Steve left a secure employment and left Canada, working at countless jobs that he never knew existed. He traveled extensively through Europe, visiting many medieval cities along the way. Contracts eventually led him to Japan, Australia, and even to North Korea, where Americans are perceived as Imperialists Evildoers.

Steve’s writing also changed, becoming more structured and oriented. He wrote two novels, that he peddled half-heartedly to agents and publishing houses. Alas, it was not meant to be, the books were not published and Steve quickly got discouraged. He kept on writing for his personal enjoyment, without serious motives or expectations, but always with the afterthought that his work had never really had a decent shot.

Back in Canada, Steve now raises a family and enjoys a sedentary life. His love for reading and writing is still strong, and the evolution of the electronic book market is making his head spin.

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Review by: B Bloyed on March 09, 2013 :
I enjoyed this short story. I wish it were longer though. Easy, flowing style of writing; original and interesting storyline; good character development within short story frame.
(review of free book)

Review by: Katy Sozaeva on March 03, 2013 :
Please note: This is a short sci-fi story set in the same universe as The Dreamer Genome. I picked it up free from Smashwords

My Thoughts: Very interesting story. I'm immersing myself in this author's universe because I'll be editing a book set by this author next week. In the meantime, I'll be reading his stories to gain a feel for his style and the ideas behind the story.

I enjoyed this. He has created a really interesting world here. The remnants of humanity linger on the moon, genetically altered for maximum survival with minimum resources... and they create all new children in a lab by mixing various genetic donations. Then they find ... a previously unfound artifact, and perhaps all their assumptions are wrong. It was really interesting, and I recommend it. The author offers it free on Smashwords as an introduction to his work, so go check it out.

Synopsis: The human race did its best to annihilate itself and certainly went out with a bang. Hundreds of nuclear devices and biological viruses have transformed the earth into a no man’s land. For the isolated moon survivors, biodiversity takes on a whole new meaning.

The story was originally published in the June edition (2012) of eFiction. It is offered as a marketing freebie.
(review of free book)

Review by: Karen Beecraft on Jan. 22, 2013 :
Good short story. Different from any other book of this type I have read before. I would love to see a book 2 sequel to this story to find out more about what happens to these characters.
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Review by: Lewis Attrib on Dec. 01, 2012 :
I was looking for something short that would entertain without taking up too much time.

Original Strand is well written and sets up an intriguing story in its first pages.

It's a post-apocalyse scenario, though technology still just about hangs on in a degraded state on the Moon where a handful of survivors discover a cryogenically preserved survivor from the destroyed Earth. How much of a threat he poses to them creates the tension in the story. The ending is possibly not the strongest resolution but overall this is an enjoyable and worthwhile read for a time-limited budget.
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Review by: Jacqui Cruise on Nov. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
I just read your book Original Strand. I really enjoyed it and thought it was well written. The subject matter was well developed and the back story incorporated into the story seamlessly. Keep writing such interesting and foreward thinking stories. I look forward to reading your next book with anticipation. Jacqui.
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