God. Speak.

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In an age when mankind has uncovered the secrets of creation, the first exploratory mission to the dense inner region of the galaxy still carries with it untold risks. The mission crew finds the truest test of courage comes from having to face something terribly familiar in a distant and lonely place. Can the finest parts of the human spirit can survive understanding the hierarchy of gods?

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Words: 128,720
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458048769
About Frank Buchan

I am a computer programmer by trade, and own a business that absorbs between 200 and 300 hours a month; I have a wife and young daughter, and for two days a week to I get to be Mister Mum. Those are the best two days of my week, and being Mister Mum is about the only thing I need to be good at any more. I am further blessed in that working for myself, I can be available for my daughter the other five days when required.

I also have five cats, all of them demanding attention whenever the mood strikes them, which is expressed with a vengeful disregard for me that only a cat could express while still retaining its sense of dignity – all other creatures would be deeply ashamed of themselves. Oh, how I wish I were a cat. (The three dogs are much kinder to me, but also rather demanding.

Though I write obsessively, life being what it is, I haven’t enough time to dedicate to making the stories letter-perfect. Editorial work falls by the wayside too often, and what I end up with are, at best, rough gems. The first book I posted here was priced as an experiment, and will be free if I can ever proof it again, since my gut feel is that eBooks will never be an economic force in my lifetime, at least for writers. All other books will be free, because it is the only way I can forgive the inability to proof them as they deserve. It reduces the sting of knowing there are some errors in them; and it recognizes that, realistically, few people will actually pay for any product if they can get a similar substitute for free. I have no illusions about my talents as a writer, and know that while I am better than some, I am never going to be the best -- that honour will befall someone new every few hours.

I appreciate hearing from readers who have the ability to be ruthless as required, and kind as inspired. Anyone who wants to, can contact me via twitter or my blog or email (frank.buchan@gmail.com, and make the subject line include the word Smashwords so it doesn't get tossed to spam). If you wish a personal reply, combine an email address with some patience and I will do my best. I do ask for polite communications, though. If you're so angry you need to swear at someone, or belittle someone, feel free to direct that toward the actual cause of your grief – my time is too short to expend it fighting pointless battles with strangers and those types of communications end up in my junk mail where they belong. That I even have to write that reminds me how unpleasant contacts made via the Internet can be.

Some day, perhaps, I will win a lottery and have the resources to seek editorial perfection in my work; but until then I will still publish what I can, because it is a compulsion that cannot be denied.

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Reviews

Review by: Kat Jen on March 20, 2012 :
I was surprised by this book. Completely engrossed from the first chapter, and moved beyond anything I had expected by the end. Impressive is a word I havent used about anything Ive read from smashword. Not that there arent many good reads here, but this one was above the rest on almost every level. I found the authors grasp on the genre incredibly solid. Although the scope of the actual story is tight and contained, it was a well written and executed as an Ian M. Banks culture novel. The humanity of the story and the great character building of the story really had me sitting with a lump in my throat towards the end. I would be very happy to buy and read more sci fi from this writer. He really is very very good.
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Review by: LouAnn on Jan. 08, 2011 :
Engrossing read! Once I started, I couldn't put it down. I am a Science Fiction afficionado and this book has all the elements of the genre I enjoy.
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Review by: Tim Lalonde on Oct. 13, 2009 :
Another great read from Frank Buchan. It is from the reality and humanity based science fiction genre that is overlooked today by most writers. It flows well and has some great social commentary that is important in our time.

Sometimes we just do not want to believe the truth.

When you are faced with new realities how much of what you perceive is based on your known past? This read will force you to address this question.
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