A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity

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If you had a terrible secret, perhaps you'd find time dilation has its uses...
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About Andrew Burt

Dr. Andrew Burt, former Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, has published dozens of short stories and several books, and founded & herds Critters (www.critique.org), the first writers workshop on the web. Critters is also home to other writers' resources, such as the Black Holes response time tracker and other fun tools for writers (and readers). He's CEO of ReAnimus Press and its newly acquired subsidiary, the Hugo-winning Advent Publishers, helping authors such as Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ed Bryant, and many others breathe life back into their great books on author-friendly terms. Outside of science fiction, he's been a computer science professor (research in networking, security, privacy, and free-speech/social issues), founder of Nyx.net, the world's oldest Internet service provider, and a technology consultant/author/speaker. For a hobby, he constructs solutions to all the world's problems. Fortunately -- nobody listens.

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Reviews of A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity by Andrew Burt

Bill Wight reviewed on April 4, 2011

A short but interesting Sci-Fi story with a new plot. A good read and thought provoking. A tale of the ultimate of unintended consequences.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Terry Traub reviewed on March 23, 2011

This is a poignant story about the end of humanity and one man's struggle to revive his species. He also happens to be the one who inadvertently ended his species' existence through the accidental release of an infertility virus. The story touches upon time travel and the dangers of biological research. Is it ultimately too dangerous to engage in DNA splicing and the creation of new viral life forms? We may find out, to our regret, in the not-too-distant future. It's a short story and does not require more than an hour or two, but you will find yourself yearning for more. Maybe the author can expand it out to a novel some day.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Peter Morgan reviewed on March 18, 2011
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It's hard to write a a story with a SF setting, chracter development, and conflict in 2500 words. This story winds up as a thought piece, not much different in narrative structure from an essay proposing the effects of permanent universal infertility. The World Without Us. Sidebar-- The movie on that theme noted that after a millennium the only evidence of man's having inhabited the earth would be the flag the astronauts planted on the moon!
Back to the Captain's tale, though. Why did Buchanan chose such a long cycle of returns? Perhaps the infertility gene had slow but inexorable penetrance? Another carp- What happened to the dynamo of evolution? Could it have been stalled in some way by the INVIR? For millions of years?
Peter Morgan (long-time Critter, still evolving)
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
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