Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Ted volunteered for the mission because, after all, it was just a routine trip to Mars. What could possibly go wrong? In the deepest, darkest reaches of space, one must fill the vacuum, the void, the emptiness. Yet do we humans have the "psychological stuff" for deep space travel? If not, we may end up like Ted. [A Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Short Story] More
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About Lane Diamond

Lane Diamond is the pen name for David Lane. He grew up in Algonquin, Illinois, where he graduated from Harry D. Jacobs High School in 1978. After a short college stint, he served in the U.S. Air Force at Ramstein AB, Germany, 1980-1982, and at Lowry AFB, Denver, CO, 1982-1983. For more, please visit his website and blog.

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Reviews of Paradox by Lane Diamond

T Hammond reviewed on May 28, 2013

Very short Novella, well written, although what I consider to be flowery and old-style in its rich use of description rather than character building. I prefer stories help me identify with the characters- with Paradox, I felt like I was on the outside of the story watching an impending train wreck, hoping for a last minute miracle. Then again, isn't that what we want a good story to do? Pull us in so hard we can't look away? This story was about an event- I didn't find myself sympathetic to the protagonist, although I was curious to know where the story was going. My potential 4-star rating boosted to a 5 upon the surprise ending I was totally not expecting. Well done!
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Traveler One reviewed on July 6, 2012

Fantastic! I just loved this one. It's the 3rd piece I've read of Diamond's, and I'm now officially a fan. He released a novel too, called "Forgive Me, Alex," so I had to make that next on my reading list now that I've truly enjoyed 3 of his short stories.

Diamond's talent for getting us inside the heads of his characters is as strong as any author I've read. He's just plain great at it. And poor Ted, in this story, has an interesting head, to be sure.
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Ryan Anderson reviewed on Jan. 2, 2012

Well, now. Where to start?
There's something about this story that grabs you by the front of the shirt and pulls you right in. It's not obvious, not garish, but is effective all the same.
The story traps you in the mind Ted, puts you in a front row seat to the slow unhinging of a man trapped in solitude.
I disturbing yet fascinating too at the effects of isolation on the human mind.
Bravo, Lane! Bravo!
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Ally Atherton reviewed on Dec. 29, 2011

I read all kinds of books but there's something about Sci-Fi, especially these little stories of space crafts drifting into some unknown place. This is a little story that kept my interest all the way and had me gasping for air towards the end like this poor traveller. Was he docking ? Was he hallucinating ? It doesn't matter.

I enjoyed, thanks. Must read more from Lane Diamond !

Paul H
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