Soap Bubbles

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Life on Mars was harsh, especially for a young monk burdened by the heavy hand of the all-powerful Quarantine Protectorate. Under its sway, civilization was collapsing. It hadn't always been so. Once, the great interstellar transceivers had kept humanity in contact with aliens, sharing knowledge. But no more. Could a mere novice discover why this was so and change things? And did he even dare try?

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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 :
Now here is a story that I’ll tell you right off is worth the full rating of five stars, if not more! A young monk, an acolyte of the Quarantine Protectorate, constantly gets into trouble. Because of this, he is summoned to the headquarters of the Martian Abbot to explain himself. What the abbot doesn’t know is that this young monk has serious doubts about the Quarantine Protectorate, and its strict ban on any contact with alien races through the transceivers. These are massive communication devices in the asteroid belt. Plots are hatched, schemes are developed, but there is a problem, a young Sister of the Quarantine, Phillida, who comes again into Tyler’s life. Now love complicates matters, and his objectives.

To tell more would be to spoil this dark story of fear, love, and mystery. I will say this; Mr. Shelsky has an incredible talent for painting in scenes and creating atmospheres. You will think you are on a terraformed Mars, one that is slipping back to what it was before humans arrived. The whole mood, atmosphere of this tale, is skillfully created by the author with a dark and brooding brush.

He does more than set the stage. He sets the entire feeling for the story. For me, it was almost an Edgar Allen Poe sort of atmosphere. And since I’ve always delighted in that author’s works, what can I say? I loved Mr. Shelsky’s Soap Bubbles. This story is a five-star one if ever there was one. It has some darned good writing in it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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