Worm Sign

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The world teeters on the brink of a nuclear holocaust. Time is running out. And for Roddy and Lacey, two physicists, their attempts to find an escape through a wormhole just aren't working. For some reason, they only open onto other universes already in the throes of nuclear anhiliation. Strange attractors are at work, but how and why? Lacey and Roddy must find the answers soon or die trying.

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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 Amazon.com.

Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but a contributing editor for Currate.com 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: George Kempland on July 31, 2010 :
Worm Sign, by Rob Shelsky, brings us a world tottering on the brink of nuclear war, and where a small group of scientists are struggling to create wormholes to parallel universes. These just might be the key to salvation--at least, for some, if not all of Earth’s billions. There is a problem, however. Every wormhole that opens up does so to an alternate reality in the middle of, or just after, the throes of its own violent nuclear holocaust. No one could possibly want to go there! But there is no getting away from this problem, it seems.

For Roddy, head of the team of researchers trying to beat the clock, and who is racing to try to resolve this issue, to try to find a way to a safe parallel universe, there is another problem. This is Doctor Wexler, an egotistical scientist who resents Roddy’s being in charge.

Then, when the scientists hit upon the idea of worm sign, that is, evidence of other universes simultaneously also opening their wormholes to different realities, there just might be a solution. But the clock is ticking. Nuclear war is looming. Wexler is plotting something, and somehow, someway, the scientists have to find a wormhole without worm sign. And Roddy, along with his coworker, Lacey, must find the answers and soon!

This is a different take on the whole idea of wormholes. Mr. Shelsky weaves a very plausible story, one that uses the idea of “worm sign” to advantage. This term, of course, is no doubt a direct tribute to Frank Herbert and his Dune books, but here it is used somewhat differently, but not as much as you might think. Worm Sign, by Rob Shelsky, is a masterful piece of storytelling. Even when you think the heroes have won the day, it still manages to throw in one last twist. A dark story, but also one of adventure and heroics, Worm Sign is a tale worth reading. I enjoyed it immensely.

As seems to be the case with me of late, with reference to the author, Rob Shelsky, I must give him another five-star rating. His stories just deserve it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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