Dance Of The Butterflies

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A new world and a great bonus for finding it--if it's proven safe for human habitat. But on a planet filled with countless butterflies and few other species, something seems very wrong! For the three explorers, the answer to all the strangely dancing butterflies is far more than they ever bargained for! Not only are the creatures beautiful to behold, but their origins are an enigma--a fatal one?

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About Rob Shelsky

Rob Shelsky is an avid and eclectic writer, and averages about 4,000 words a day. He has several novels to his credit and two anthologies, with two romances out now, a Regency romance, Verity, along with the sequel, Faith, and soon to come, a time-travel romance.

Rob has written science fiction articles for such magazines as The Internet Review of Science Fiction, numerous articles for AlienSkin Magazine, Neometropolis, Midnight Street (UK), Doorways, and other publications. Rob has had short stories published with Jim Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, AlienSkin, Gateway SF, Fifth Dimension, Continuum SF, Sonar4, Uncial Press, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit Magazine, Sex & Murder, and many more. He has a novella coming out in early 2010 with Aberrant Dreams Magazine’s first hardcover edition anthology, The Awakening. Rob’s novella, Avenger Of The People, will appear there alongside the works of such sci-fi greats as Alastair Reynolds, Ian Watson, Jana Oliver, Robert Madle, and just so many others. There is even an introduction by Jack McDevitt.

Rob has a short story, Green Waters, now out with Sonar4’s Phase Shift anthology, and a paranormal story, Light On The Moor, coming out with Smashwords and

Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but a contributing editor for travel articles, as well as being a reviewer for Novelspot. He is also a resident science fiction columnist for AlienSkin Magazine.

Although widely traveled and continuing to travel, Rob now lives in North Carolina. He enjoys contemplating ideas for new stories while watching the sunsets over the mountains and sipping a glass of red wine, preferably a decent Merlot.

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Review by: Dick Claassen on July 30, 2010 :
Earth’s massive population needs worlds it can colonize, safe, habitable ones. When three explorers land on such a planet, one seemingly ideally suited for human habitation, they are ecstatic. All they have to do is a quick, preliminary survey to win their bonus and go home. And on a world where the only animal life seems to be countless, exotic butterflies, such harmless little creatures, how can this be a problem? But problems there are, as the three find out while trying to complete their tasks. For one thing, what type of ecology is this simple? It just doesn’t seem “natural” after first glance. And, when the butterflies start developing a penchant for stinging the human intruders, things start to go from bad to worse.

Dance Of The Butterflies by Rob Shelsky is a truly original tale. Again, Mr. Shelsky’s descriptions are superb, his characters very real, and at times humorous. I particularly liked the character of “Bella.” Also, Mr. Shelsky seems to have a talent for keeping the reader wondering. You know something is wrong in this scenario, but as a reader, you can only wonder, guess, and wait until the author gives you the “big reveal.” Dance Of The Butterflies is not a dark story, actually, but its ending (without giving it away) has some darker connotations. And the answer to those intrepid explorers’ questions is also an unusual surprise.

You would do well to read Dance Of The Butterflies by Rob Shelsky. It’s a good story, one with a mystery to it, and again, the answer will surprise you. I fully recommend this tale to any aficionado of science fiction. Dance Of The Butterflies gets the full five stars from me. It’s a darn good piece of story telling.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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