Lost in the Dark

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An accident leaves one astronaut stranded with only his dwindling sanity.
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Words: 1,030
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310015113
About J Alan Erwine

J Erwine was born Oct. 15, 1969 in Akron, Ohio. Early in his life he was exposed to science, and specifically astronomy. From there on, J’s passion turned to science fiction, a passion that’s never died.

Due to family issues, J eventually found himself in Denver, Colorado, where he still lives (well, right outside now.)

From the time he could put subject and predicate together on paper, J has been writing stories. None of those early stories exist anymore (thankfully), but that passion for writing has never waned.

After several years of rejection, the story Trek for Life was eventually sold to ProMart Writing Lab editor James Baker. It wasn’t Asimov’s, but it was a start. Since that time J has sold more than forty short stories to various small press publishers. In addition ProMart also published a short story collection of J’s entitled Lowering One’s Self Before Fate, and other stories, which is still available. ProMart also published a novel from J entitled The Opium of the People, which sold a few copies before going out of print.

The relevance of the novel after the events of September 11th caused J to self-publish the novel, as he felt the story had a lot to say in the new reality we now find ourselves living in. Now, this same book has been re-released by Nomadic Delirium Press.

Eventually J would become an editor with ProMart. Then, after the untimely death of ProMart editor James Baker, J would move on to ProMart’s successor Sam’s Dot Publishing. He currently works as the managing editor for Nomadic Delirium Press. J also spends most of his time working as a freelance writer and editor.

J’s novel was voted a top ten finisher in the 2003 annual Preditors & Editors contest, and his short story The Galton Principle won a ProMart contest for best story over 5,000 words. In addition, a number of his stories have been voted “best of” in various issue of The Martian Wave and The Fifth DI… and have been included in Wondrous Web Worlds Vols. 2, 3, 4, and 6.

In 2009, the Ephemeris Role Playing Game was released. J is the co-creator of this game, and has written numerous supplements for the game. J currently has three novels and four short story collections available, and yes, they're all available from Smashwords.

J currently lives with his amazing wife, three wonderful children, three crazy cats and a very quiet turtle.

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Reviews

Review by: JQDahiya on Aug. 12, 2017 :
WW3 is no excuse for sending this inadequate astronaut out. Extremely implausible, which is not what one wants in sci fi. It's a very unsophisticated story.
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Review by: James Jenkins on July 06, 2015 :
This short scene is better done, with Sandra Bullock in Gravity.
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Review by: Margo H on June 25, 2015 :
I have one question for the author, "WHY?" Intriguing short (short) story. But why so short? Yes the ending left my imagination running in every direction, but me, myself and I, would love to have read the author's imagination a little longer! Good angst, totally identifiable protagonist. Nice (one more time - short) story.
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Review by: PJ O'Brien on June 25, 2015 :
This is a variant on the archetypal theme of being stranded in space, far beyond the reach of others. But unlike my impression of Weir's "The Martian"* and even Bowie's Major Tom, this intriguing little short story has a far more fragile person as protagonist. Those with claustrophobia or a fear of the dark will surely relate.
*My impression is based on descriptions and reviews; The Martian is in my To-Be-Read queue, but I haven't gotten to it yet.
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