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Posted April 4, 2010
Beyond Those Distant Stars is science fiction that plays well to a female audience. The heroine, Stella McMasters is a cyborg. After an accident at a radiation facility, her remaining essence is transplanted into a mechanical body. Through a futuristic Affirmative Action program, Stella is promoted to commander of a spacecraft due to her synthetic status. Her robotic body is a source of extraordinary physical prowess, but it leaves her feeling inadequate around members of the opposite sex.
She immediately feels a strong physical desire for Jason, the ship's captain. While fulfilling his piloting duties, Jason's brain is temporarily removed from his body. Still, he develops a relationship with Stella through the ship's communication system. After seeing Jason's naked body in its suspended state, Stella indulges in several R-rated fantasies. Yet she feels Jason, upon returning to his body, will be repulsed by her infertile state.
Their love story plays against the backdrop of an intergalactic war. The enemy is led by a God-like entity called the All-Mother. After boarding an enemy vessel, Stella is drawn into a mind meld with one of the All-Mother's alien sons. She gains an innate knowledge on how to operate the foreign ship as well as a direct mental link with the All-Mother herself. These extraordinary abilities, along with her cyborg status, arouse the suspicions of her superiors. Her motives are questioned and her loyalty is suspect. Many believe she is a traitor.
Vice is running rampant throughout the empire. Humanity is ruled by a child emperor, who is being drugged by his supposed protector. Insubordination in the chain of command is a common occurrence. Few can be trusted to maintain order, let alone win the war. Enter Stella and her extraordinary claims. General Gage, a fellow female in a position of authority, is the commander of the Loran Base, where Stella takes the alien ship. Gage believes Stella's story and does everything in her power to help her arrive at a culminating one-on-one battle with the All-Mother.
Rosenman fills each page with a source of tension that unfurls the plot at a rapid pace. The reader feels at one with Stella as she single-handedly turns the tide of an entire war. Her feeling of otherness, brought about by her new body, allows her to establish a unique connection with the All-Mother. Her passion for Jason is put to the test and she must choose between her personal longings and the good of humanity.
Overall, Stella McMasters makes geek chic for a feminine audience.
Posted September 10, 2009
Genre: Science Fiction
Title: Beyond Those Distant Stars
Author: John B. Rosenman
"Merely five years before, when the Empire of United Worlds was enjoying an uequalled period of conquest and expansion, the Scaleys had invaded this part of the galaxy. Where they'd come from, no one knew, nor whether they had any real culture, beliefs or language as humans understood them. None of their ships had ever been captured, and the few Scaleys taken prisoner had somehow self-destructed or willed themselves to die, leaving only rapidly deteriorating corpses for analysis," writes author John B. Roenman in Chapter 3 of "Beyond Those Distant Starts."
This Sci-Fi novel moves at warp speed as what has become a corrupt human race fights for its very survival against an alien race armed with superior weapons and backed by a leader who claims be an all powerful All Mother.
The story begins with a prologue in which the main character, Stella McMasters, saves the life of a comrade life, is almost killed in the process and is saved when physcians remove her radioactive flesh and turn her into a superhuman cyborg. The action starts when she is given command of her first space ship and McMasters soon finds herself cast into the role of saving humanity from the alien menace.
This is a no-nonsense space battle story with plenty of action to move the story forward through all the twists and turns of deception, treason, human selfishness, prejudice and - of course - love. And as it is with most of the best Sci-Fi, the story will cause you to contemplate some of the big question humans face when they look up at the night sky and wonder: do I matter, is there a god, what's it all about, Alfie?
John Rosenman is an English professor at Norfolk State University, where he designed a course in writing science fiction and fantasy.
Rosenman's first novel, THE BEST LAUGH LAST, won McPherson and Co's (formerly Treacle Press's) First Novel Prize, and was published in 1981 and again in 1982.
He is currently working on "Star Warrior," a sequel to "Beyond Those Distant Stars."
Beyond Those Distant Stars is Highly Recommended by Reviewer: Pete Klein Allbooks Reviews.
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the authors page at:http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Beyond+Those+Distant+Stars
Title: Beyond Those Distant Stars
Author: John B. Rosenman
Publisher: Mundania Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-59426-328-6
Date: May 31, 2009
Posted November 11, 2003
Radiation Protection Supervisor Stella McMasters answers the meltdown siren thinking that the work crew knows a lot more than she does about reactors. Still the retired naval officer performs her job, but disaster strikes. Stella almost dies but is saved by an experimental merging of seventy percent synthetic material so that she is the first human-cyber Commander.<P> Physically she is back, greater than ever, with superhuman strength and reflexes, but mentally she doubts any man would cherish an individual more machine than woman. Stella has returned to her military roots with a mission to join up with General Loran in the fight against the Scaleys who turn humans into slaves to the All-Mother, a powerful essence that uses mind control and wants Stella. As Stella struggles to withstand the lure of the enemy she also feels feminine for the first time since the operations. She wants her pilot, but he may be mad from separating his essence from his body. Still even if it is just his voice she feels so much like a desired woman.<P> Though this may sound like a female Cyborg Cop in outer space, Stella insures that the tale is quite different. The tale plays out on two interlocking story lines. Fans of military science fiction will appreciate the survival war the humans are in against a powerful alien foe. That subplot serves more as a background for the audience to follow a wonderful protagonist trying to regain what she lost and to apply her new abilities. Her doubts on several levels as to being human female add a psychological underpinning to a strong cross species war BEYOND THOSE DISTANT STARS.<P> Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.