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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Atlantis Gate by Greg Donegan
Best-Loved Art From American Museums by Patricia Failing
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Counterfeit Gentleman by Clarence Budington Kelland
Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment by M. Rickert
Falling Angel by Eugene Mirabelli
Fatal Vows by Joseph Hosey
Finders Seekers by Gayle Greeno
A Foreign Country by Wayne Wightman
Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
It's About Your Friend by Phillip Scott
Leave by Robert Reed
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Only Known Jump Across Time by Eugene Mirabelli
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Planetesimal Dawn by Tim Sullivan
Requiem of the Author of Frankenstein by Molly Dwyer
Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo V
The Scarecrow's Boy by Michael Swanwick
Strike Anywhere by Dean Young
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Walking the Rainbow by Richard René Silvin
The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan
Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins


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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Planetesimal Dawn

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionPlanetesimal Dawn: 11/04/08

In "Planetesimal Dawn" Wolverton and Nozaki find themselves on the wrong side of a sun rise on asteroid LGC-1. To escape the certain death in the heat and radiation of the sun they chose to jump into a crater they hadn't previously noticed. From there things go from bad to worse and finally to weird.

More than anything the story reminded me of one of the modern incarnations of Doctor Who. The one that comes to find first is "Silence in the Library" for the eerie undertones and perhaps "The Impossible Planet" for the setting.

Although I did ultimately enjoy the story, I struggled with it. I had to reread the first half of the story about three times before I was able follow it. Of course the historic presidential election was competing for my attention.

What I did enjoy about the story was the setting, the truly alien species, the time bubbles and the way the way Nozaki grows as a character. The story could have been better with a more coherent opening and tighter characterization for Wolverton. His motivation is finally explained at the end but I wanted to know more about him early on.

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