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rank 5906
word count 15546
date submitted 29.03.2011
date updated 29.03.2011
genres: Science Fiction, Children's
classification: universal
incomplete

The Far Horizon

Patty Jansen

Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn't one.

 

Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn't one. An important conference is about to start at the station, not usually the sort of thing kids care about, not even when the conference is between humans and aliens, and half your family is alien. However, when bullies tease Cory, he ends up in a prohibited area where he overhears some men planning to plant a bomb at the conference. Because the terrorists hide their messages in computer games, no one believes Cory, not even his father, the station director. Kids at school think he’s crazy, some even think aliens should be bombed. The conference starts, the aliens have brought a very important person, and Cory's teacher, one of the terrorists, locks Cory in the classroom. Can he get out in time? If he does, will anyone listen?

 
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adventure, aliens, boks for boys, space opera

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Patty wrote 1111 days ago

I enjoyed reading the first few chapters. And you published it! Amazing. Yeah. You captured a Star Trek BattleStar Galactica fan girl to check this out. When I buy my kindle on Friday I'll check you out.


Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.

VictoriaPendar wrote 1111 days ago

I enjoyed reading the first few chapters. And you published it! Amazing. Yeah. You captured a Star Trek BattleStar Galactica fan girl to check this out. When I buy my kindle on Friday I'll check you out.

Lynne Jones wrote 1112 days ago

I read everything published and found it very enjoyable. With many sci fi books I get overwhelmed with the info dump about the imaginary world and all the strange creatures in it, but that's not the case here. I felt I had time to get to know the main characters, who they were, where they were, and why, and was able to experience the locations and situations through their eyes, especially Cory's. I would like to have read more about the core plot involving the terrorist threat and wish you had posted more. A smooth, easy read that I think children would love.

Greta wrote 1116 days ago

I see this is already published. It's well-written and well-researched and while it is science fiction, it deals with issues just as pertinent to our lives today - terrorism, racial hatred, step-parents, bullies. The SF parts are fascinating. What would it be like to live on a space station? I'm sure the book will appeal to younger readers interested in space and space exploration. Adults might enjoy it, too.

Good luck.

Bill Scott wrote 1116 days ago

Patty,
I'm enjoying this and still reading. I'll make comments as I go, from a reader's perspective.
chpt1
--I never saw the gun coming, great shocker
--great hook at the end
--"I love you Cory" seemed akward, I'm honestly no sure why It probably won't bother anyone else, but maybe it was the use of his name (Cory) when his dad was talking to him, I would have expected son or just I love you.
--the line. " No I am sorry. I don't..." Seemed a bit robotic, the "I am", Ithink instead of I'm

Realy great chpt just nits, because in reading your forum posts I know you're not one for empty praise. I also know you take all of this with a shovel of salt. :)

Chpt2
--very nice how you slipped Erith's description in without saying her skin was blah blah and her eyes were blah blah
Chpt 3
- I'm craving a gooey corn flake/milk sludge
_Cory's dislike of Erith is great (you know this) because there are new futuristic issues (interspecies romance/alien) and old current-day issues (stepmom)
-"Blergh" :) another hook, I need to get to bed. I'm going to read more, tell me if you'd like me to stop with my comments and/or delete this post.

Bill Scott
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