Leo Frankowski's popular Cross-Time Engineer series, the first three novels of which fill this volume, has gone through six novels to date, with frequent reprintings and translated editions in Italy, Spain, and Poland. In addition, he wrote the novels A Boy and His Tank, The Fata Morgana and Conrad's Time Machine for Baen. In collaboration with Dave Grossman, he also wrote The War With Earth, Kren of the Mitchegai, and The Two-Space War. Frankowski was nominated for the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. His occupations ranged from scientist in an electro-optical research lab to chief engineer to company president. His work in chemical and optical instrumentation earned him several patents.
The Fata Morganaby Leo Frankowski
The ancient tales of European Man, carefully recorded by pious monks and hedge wizards alike, are insistent about the Western Isles. One of the tales of Doubting Thomas, the apostle, has it that he Christianized these islands and stayed there until the end of his days. The Arthurian legends clearly state that Arthur's father, Uther, came from
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The ancient tales of European Man, carefully recorded by pious monks and hedge wizards alike, are insistent about the Western Isles. One of the tales of Doubting Thomas, the apostle, has it that he Christianized these islands and stayed there until the end of his days. The Arthurian legends clearly state that Arthur's father, Uther, came from the Western Isles.
Ancient and Medieval maps agree in showing them as being off the Western Coast of France. Lyonnesse was a part of the Western Islands, as was the City of Ys, Avalon, and the Land of Dahout.
Up until the time of the First Crusade, there are records of pilgrims visiting the Holy sites of the Western Islands. The remains of mercantile records of those days hint of trade with the islands of the west. Irish records and legends, which are generally regarded as reliable back to preChristian times, have many references to great floating islands being pushed by ocean currents and winds alike past the Emerald Isle, and sometimes becoming snagged there for a time.
The Icelandic Eddas make similar references.
Modern sailors and travelers sometimes sight great, many tiered cities near the ocean's horizon, but these people are rarely believed. It is easier for modern, technocentric man to believe in an optical illusion, the Fata Morgana.
This book is about two modern, hardheaded engineers who find the Western Islands.
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Once again Leo Frankowski has created a world and situations that are at the same time a fantasy but with enough reality to allow the reader to immerse themselves into the story and the characters. Leo's ability to create characters that blend the failings of the 'everyman' with the heroic combined with a message that one person can make a difference reminds me of Ian Rand. I look forward again to the next installment.