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To stay, and die at sixty-five, or to go on a dangerous one-way journey through space?
But what if choosing to chase your dreams into the stars can mean leaving behind one of your children?
Cover illustration by Neil Smith
ISBN: 978-0-9922537-0-7 (2nd edition, print)
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Published by N Titi PublishingThis book is part of Of a Note in a Cosmic Song
A good insight into the conflicts and decisions of following your dreams and conscience.
The stratified society of the overcrowded planet, Djar plans a mission to the far-flung planet of Kun Djar. The only problem is that most people don’t want to go, particularly those, who are vital to the success of the trip. However a solution is proposed when the prisoners and undesirables are send on the trip instead. There’s just the small matter of telling them first. But it’s not just the undesirables as the story tells of the agonising decisions behind three individuals who long to join the trip for various reasons, but are conflicted by their loyalties to their friends, family and jobs.
The rigid structure of Djar society is at odds with the culture of individuality of the dominant society on Djar.
Their main theme of the book is about letting go, but also about individual choices, even between parents and their children. The nature of free will and the contrast between the those who have it but are too blinkered to exercise it and those who have no say over their fate.
Inside this book I feel is a very good book trying to get out. The overview of the world at the start of the book could have been woven into the story better and sometimes the change of location and time within a scene sometime made it difficult to follow, one the other hand some of the language was very well constructed and the insight to the main character inner feelings was expertly handled.
Overall a moving and compassionate study of the human condition and the conflicts we all have to confront in the face of forces outside our control.
Richard (Rageorge Author)
5.0 out of 5 stars Important science fiction. July 10, 2017
It is not often that I want to read the next book in a series these days but I can't wait to read the next book in this one.
Of a Note in a Cosmic Song - Djar is science fiction at its most human, both in the moving stories of the characters and the topical note is strikes as our own planet begins to consider options as we exceed our natural resources. But Djar is not about that. It's about choices. Big, life-changing choices that hinge on no more than a hope and a dream that everything might be better anywhere else. This is important science fiction and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Who wouldn't want to escape from a society where personal freedom and even lifetime is limited? Nevertheless families become torn apart because of the possibility to colonize a new planet. One by one the reader gets to know the persons who are desperate to go on this mission, those who are equally desperate to stay home and those who are denied the opportunity, as well as the circumstances that cause their reasons. I found the story moving, realistic and oppressing. Will the colonists free themselves of the laws they had to live by, or replace the rules by new ones?
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