The Pass

Desa would follow a beautiful guy like Rendrak anywhere, even though he was dedicated to making the trek across the Kinsheeta waste. Over most of the Kinsheeta the air is too thin to sustain human life, but there is a narrow and difficult passage thru that wasteland that a human can get thru. There are many dangerous forms of life that can live there, even the most dangerous of all, feral humans. More
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About Lee Willard

I am a retired embedded systems engineer and sci-fi hobbyist from Hartford. Most of my stories concern Kassidor, 'The planet the hippies came from' which I have used to examine subjects like: What would it take to make the hippy lifestyle real? How would extended lifespans affect society? What could happen if we outlive our memories? How can murder be committed when violence is impossible?

I have recently discovered that someone new to science fiction should start their exploration of Kassidor with the Second Expedition trilogy. To the mainstream fiction reader the alien names of people, places and things can be confusing. This series has a little more explanation of the differences between Kassidor and Earth. In all of the Kassidor stories you will notice the people do not act like ordinary humans but like flower children from the 60's. It is not until Zhlindu that the actual modifications made to human nature to make them act that way are spelled out. To aide that understanding I've made The Second Expedition free.

I am not a fan of violence and dystopia. I believe that sci-fi does not just predict the future, but helps create the future because we sci-fi writers show our readers what the future will be and the readers go out and create it. I believe that the current fad of constant dystopia and mega-violence in sci-fi today is helping to create that world, and I mention that often in reviews and comments on the books I read. I also believe that the characters in those stories who are completely free of any affection are at least as unnatural as the modified humans of Kassidor.

In my reviews, * = couldn't finish it. ** = Don't bother with it. *** = good story worth reading. **** = great and memorable story. ***** = Worth a Hugo.

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About the Series: The Further Adventures of Desa
Of all the people I've met in my travels on Kassidor, Desa has always been one of my favorites. Certainly not because she's the most perfect example of Kassidorian beauty or the slickest spokeswoman for their point of view. She's too cute to be really beautiful and too forthright to make a good spokesman. I've often wondered how such a smart girl got herself into such scrapes, but she's always been a person internally torn, and sometimes a little gung-ho. Maybe that is also part of what makes her interesting.

As near as we can convert it to Earth dates, Desa was born around Aug. 18, of 1861. She was born relatively poor to a woman who seemed to have been working as a waterfront hooker in the earliest childhood Desa can remember. Desa had always cursed her mother for her healthy libido that was sometimes the reason for predicaments she found herself in.

Usually Desa leads a rather peaceful life. However, there have been some exceptions. The most notable was meeting the first visitor from another star as told in 'The Second Expedition,' but that was not the only time she faced danger and heartbreak. In this series are three other desperate events in her life.

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