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Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.
Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 13,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.
Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.
Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," "Freedom's Scion," "Freedom's Fury," and "Priestesses" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.
Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:" http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/
And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at email@example.com
on May 27, 2013 :
It is a testament to the authors skill when he creates and describes a world that I'd love to jump into. This is one of those worlds.
It's not a perfect world, as villainy is just a part of the human condition. It is those imperfections that allow our protagonist to develop and grow. It's a journey well written that kept me turning page after page.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Aug. 03, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me forever to read but that's my own fault for reading very slowly. I wasn't expecting to be so engrossed in it as I'm not really a fan of science fiction in general, but it was a very good, very well written book and I think you'd be a fool not to check it out.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on July 20, 2011 :
I am thrilled to find author Francis Porretto. I have read several of his books and enjoyed them all. This one did not disappoint.
The story is well crafted, and the characters finely drawn. The main character, Armand Morelon, is a true hero -- how wonderful to find a hero in today's fiction!
This book is a real "page turner," and I was sorry when it came to an end.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on April 21, 2011 :
I've been a fan of Mr. Porretto's writing since I came across his blog last year.
"Which Art In Hope" is perhaps most easily described as a science fiction novel. But Porretto will surprise you. Against a backdrop of a sweeping interstellar saga, he skillfully blends big themes, deep characters and how moral choices affect - even transform - not only individuals, but societies as a whole.
Be prepared to spend more time than usual wrestling with your take on "Which Art In Hope." It reminded me of vintage Heinlein - not in style, necessarily, but in how he's not afraid to have his heroes (and "villains?") address questions of ethics in strong clear terms. This isn't just space-opera.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on April 05, 2011 :
Full disclosure: I'm a friend of Fran's.
Fuller disclosure: He asked me to read this book.
Fullest disclosure: I absolutely HATE science fiction.
I mostly read romance and mysteries. Fran asked me to read Which Art In Hope anyway. He called it "science fiction for people who hate science fiction," and suggested that it might be more to my taste than I thought.
He was right.
This is character-driven SF. It has very little tech crap in it. It's beautifully written. It's as involving emotionally as anything else I've ever read. And even if it's about the survival of a whole world that MIGHT be the last refuge of the human race, for me the stakes were about what would happen to Armand, Teresza, Charisse, and the rest of the major characters.
Hope is a surprising society, almost the exact opposite of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Huxley shows you something that looks really good on the surface, but it's a horror show underneath. Hope is the opposite: it looks modest, maybe even stark, on the surface...but the more I read about it, the more I wanted to make it my home.
Fans of ray guns, faster-than-light travel, time travel, and so forth should avoid this book. Fans of the human heart should put it at the top of their lists.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on March 30, 2010 :
This work stands out as a gem on Smashwords.
Heinlien's anarchist/libertarian societies with Julian May's mental adepts!
Once I got started, I was stuck to the screen and damned if there wasn't a tear in my eye at the end of the story.Npt many manage that!
Francis Porretto is an author destined to go far!
Nowhere else as Smashwords are such quality tales available so cheaply, so spend up!
And write reviews.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)