Message from Gondwana

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A corporation sends a team to Gondwana, a jungle planet. It is perfect for pharmaceutical prospecting, exotic vegetation loaded with strange chemical compounds that could make the company rich. The newest member of the team, Lani Callis, wants to impress the team's veterans, but first must overcome her own limitations and a planet that is either trying to kill them or may be just curious. More
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About David Wiley

David Wiley is a pseudonym for Dave Felstul. By day I am a scientist who lives in Oregon. I was worried that people would have trouble remembering, spelling, or pronouncing my given name, so I decided to adopt the name of a childhood hero, Wile E. Coyote, for my pen name.

I wanted to be a writer from an early age. After being unduly influenced by the first Apollo mission with Armstrong and Aldrin walking on the moon in 1969, there was never any real choice as to my area of writing, science fiction. This was predictably followed by many early stories, lavishly illustrated with spaceships, deathrays, and aliens.
Some of us outgrow our dreams, others merely postpone them.

I did combine my love of science and writing in several technical journalism jobs—including for a computer magazine where I not so presciently proclaimed that "the new Microsoft Word and Microsoft mouse could do a few interesting things, but were not as good as existing products and would never work well together."

After realizing that my options in science journalism were limited, I stuck with the science half of the equation for many years. Only recently am I beginning to realize that deferred dream of spaceships, deathrays, and aliens. Although it is debatable whether the humor has improved since those early efforts, the science has hopefully done so.

My science background has certainly pushed me towards the hard science fiction genre, but I have a definite bent towards biology and not just physics. I want to explore what happens when future technology meets real life. How would a far-flung galactic civilization maintain a common culture or genetics? Will a raygun work in a downpour? Will we have holographic assistants like the doctor in Star Trek Voyager or will the holos be used for advertising shills instead? Unfortunately, I know which one my money and those of the corporations will likely be on.

I am exploring these ideas in books set in the Eichi Testaments Universe, Make No Martyrs, Message from Gondwana, and others as they make it through the review process.

To conclude, my hero, Wile E Coyote had a business card. If you think about it, the card is perfect for a science fiction writer. "Wile E. Coyote, Genius, Have Brain – Will Travel." Who knows where our imaginations can take us? Maybe one day Acme will even sell a rocket ship that works!

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James Jenkins reviewed on on Dec. 8, 2018

Not overly good, bad or original. I read 19% before putting it down. I have read the same plot many times.
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Margo H reviewed on on Oct. 30, 2014

I was drawn to Message from Gondwana from the cover… not sure why, but I’m glad I went for it.

I found this to be an interesting and exciting short story, however the premise is not an all too new one; exploration and experimentation in an unknown place – a new world for the benefit of man (“profit”). And having quite the vivid imagination, I had some ideas on where the story was going (no spoilers). Still the story intrigued me and kept me reading.

The characters were well drawn out and I could relate to them all. Each of the characters portrayed a great deal to the story as well as the central protagonist. No one character was more important than the other.

I had some ideas on what may or may have not been going on in the story, but fortunately my imagination did not spoil my enjoyment of this little story.

The ending was neither expected nor unexpected, however, and I would have preferred a different one. None the less, it left me with a sense of something more to come.

I like short stories, but for this one, I would have given it a little more length. I do hope Mr. Wiley is planning a sequel.
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Timothy Thompson reviewed on on Aug. 11, 2014

Very well written and elaborated story! Enjoyed it and recommend the book.
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Artbeat reviewed on on July 30, 2014

Thanks so much for this free book! I loved every minute of it - it was suspenseful and 'edge of your seat' a great concept!
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