Cry Of A Distant Child

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The Message came first. The God Gates followed. Anyone passing through them would become creatures of purest energy, immortal. The Ultimate Mind promised this. For some, there was the problem of still wanting to have children. The God gates couldn't accommodate such. So, should these people stay behind, amidst a collapsing civilization? Or should they surrender, and bring about childhood's end?

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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 :
Rob Shelsky’s Cry Of A Distant Child is a chilling piece. In a disintegrating world, one made that way by the “God Gates” suddenly appearing, we are introduced to Ken and Gwyneth, a young yuppie-style couple who want only the American Dream; the house with a picket fence, a couple of children, good jobs--it’s what they want. However, when the Ultimate Mind gives man the “Message” saying that anyone can be converted to a creature of pure energy, and become virtually immortal as a result, well, things change for humanity’s civilization, and in many ways, not for the better. With their dream in jeopardy, their chance to have children fast fading, Ken and Gwyneth must make a fateful decision. It is one Gwyneth steadfastly refuses to make. Can Ken persuade her? Can he do it before civilization collapses completely and the God Gates close? You’ll have to read Cry Of A Distant Child, by Rob Shelsky, to find out.

This story gets a five-star rating. I find Mr. Shelsky’s work consistently above average, always intriguing, and often leaving me wondering about either the nature of reality, or the nature of humankind. Either way, his dark works disturbs, and I think in a good way. They make me think.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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