Shiva, Mama Doc, And The Voodoo Computer

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For the English postgraduate, Ian, it all seemed so simple. All he had to do was create a working quantum computer. But Mama Doc, a voodoo shop owner in the New Orleans French Quarter, knew Ian was crossing the line. When does science stop being science and starts being magic? When quantum computers get involved. And for Mama Doc and Ian, her unwitting new Shiva, things were now getting dangerous!

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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: George Kempland on July 31, 2010 :
Shiva, Mama Doc, And The Voodoo Computer, by Rob Shelsky, is a delightfully fun story, but with some darker connotations. When a young postgraduate student, Ian, completes the programming for the first quantum super computer at Tulane University, all hell breaks loose. It seems the very universe may cease to be as we know it if something isn’t done, and done quickly. Enter Mama Doc, an astute African-American woman who owns a voodoo ship for the tourists in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She’s been selling Ian voodoo dolls. Can she help Ian save the day, or is it too late for that? And just who is she?

Rob Shelsky creates a very fun character with Mama Doc. She is a fully fleshed-out, three dimensional character of the first order! A connoisseur of opera and art, she is also very knowledgeable about sympathetic magic. Perhaps, too knowledgeable, because it seems…well, I won’t spoil the story for you. I’ll tell you this--I’d love to see more stories about her!

I thoroughly enjoyed Shiva, Mama Doc, And The Voodoo Computer (must be one of the longer titles for a short story). This story by Rob Shelsky justly deserves a rating of five stars from me!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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