This Narrow Isthmus

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A luxury star ship, lost in time and space. Then, at last, they find an earth-like planet, but it isn't quite as earth-like, as they had hoped! Strange and dangerous creatures abound. Just where have they ended up, and what should they do next? They have to decide fast, because time and supplies are running out! And unfortunately, the dangers they are in are not.

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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 28, 2010 :
This Narrow Isthmus, by Rob Shelsky, is an action-packed short story. Set on a planet whose evolution seems to have run totally amok, the crew of a lost star ship liner try to find answers before it's too late. Can they ever colonize this world, make it home for their hundreds of stranded passengers? Or is the place just too savage, to terrible, to deal with? What is the dark secret of this world?

Author Rob Shelsky does a great job of creating a believable setting for his story, This Narrow Isthmus. Having had some science background, I can attest to the fact that this story takes in real considerations with regard to the planet, the ecology, and the way evolution has proceeded there. You care for the crew, experience their fear, disgust, and at times, relief. All I know, is that while reading this story, I just wanted to get the heck of that planet and fast!

This Narrow Isthmus is an intriguing, thought-provoking story of the first order. Mr. Shelsky seems to have a real talent for blending science, good story telling, and a certain darkness, which I love. I highly recommend it to all! Read This Narrow Isthmus and enjoy--if you dare!
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