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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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on Aug. 03, 2010 :
Where Worlds Collide, by Rob Shelsky, is a fascinating and wonderful series of short, science-fiction stories. Most are on a dark theme, just perfect for a rainy evening. They span a wide variety of science fiction subjects and sub-genres. Mr. Shelsky has an excellent capacity for creating believable universes and peopling them with very believable characters. His descriptions are so real! His included space opera, Bug-Eyed Monsters, a novella, is a great example of this. You would swear you were back in 1947 and being abducted by space monsters from the top of a New York skyscraper. Even the way the heroine and hero behave toward each other, the dialogue, the very way they talk is perfectly period, with Danny using words like “swell” instead of “awesome” or “cool.” For a fast-action novella, Bug-Eyed Monsters is right up there with the great authors of the Golden Age period. This story first appeared at Planetary Stories. Lt. Luna’s website referred to Bug-Eyed Monsters as “wonderful.” It certainly is.
Mr. Shelsky also included stories of a darker and more thought-provoking nature. One of my favorites, a reprint from an Aberrant Dreams issue, was Without Omens. I’ve always wondered about why we haven’t heard transmissions or signals from aliens over the years. In this anthology, Where Worlds Collide, Mr. Shelsky gives us a truly frightening answer in Without Omens. It left me thinking about it for hours afterward.
Rob Shelsky seems to have a real talent for dredging up our darkest issues, for handling our deepest psychological fears with regard to the future. From worlds too horrible to want to live on, even our own future Earth in a couple of cases, to societies that demand too much from the individual, Where Worlds Collide takes us on a trip to the extremes of human nature and that of the universe itself.
For instance, what would you do, personally, if you found that the universe only existed in reality for a few short centuries,or even just decades, and then simply ceased to be? Mr. Shelsky answers this question for us. Or, if you are trapped on a luxury liner lost in space, where do you go with your passengers? How do you keep them safe? What future can you hope for? Again, Mr. Shelsky gives us a very convincing portrayal of just such a scenario, frighteningly so.
My favorite stories? Well, personally, I loved them all, but Without Omens, Bug-Eyed Monsters, and the cozy, sci-fi, murder mystery, Blue Murder, along with another strangely moving story, Blue Flickers, were my very best favorites. I also have to admit that I loved Shiva, Mama Doc, and The Voodoo computer, a delightfully light piece, and one which made a great counterpoint to some of the darker tales. Another intriguing pieces was one of the best descriptive pieces I’ve ever read in science fiction, on a par with Robert Silverberg for such in my opinion, was Soap Bubbles.
Heck, there isn’t a mediocre story in this anthology! They’re all excellent. Do I recommend Where Worlds Collide, by Rob Shelsky? You betcha, I do! I give it the full rating of five stars, and let me tell you, it deserves it! It will leave you wondering about everything.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)