Abandon In Place

Abandon In Place

by Jerry Oltion


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Based on the Nebula Award–winning novella

The morning after Neil Armstrong's funeral, a ghostly Saturn V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. It shakes the ground and rumbles with all the fury of a real launch, sending back telemetry all the way to the moon, stopping at the point where a human would have to take control to land. NASA is shocked when this ghost launch becomes a monthly experience. When humanity loses interest, the rocket becomes near invisible. When we pay attention, Jerry Oltion's expanded Nebula Award-winning novella shows us that reality is what we make of it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312873165
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 01/08/2003
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.28(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Jerry Oltion has been a gardener, stone mason, carpenter, oilfield worker, forester, land surveyor, rock 'n' roll deejay, printer, proofreader, editor, publisher, computer consultant, movie extra, corporate secretary, and garbage truck driver.

He is also the author of over 100 published short stories and over a dozen novels, including the Tor books Abandon in Place, The Getaway Special, and Anywhere But Here. His work has won the Nebula Award and has been nominated for the Hugo award. Born and raised in Wyoming, he now lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife, Kathy, and the obligatory writer's cat, Ginger.

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Poul Anderson

Above a solid foundation of knowledge and sense, Jerry Oltion's stories sparkle with imagination and verve. They're not only fun to read, they're worth reading.

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Abandon In Place 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
verbafacio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abandon in Place is an unusual book -- an unlikely marriage of hard sci fi and paranormal fantasy. Rick is an astronaut training for a shuttle voyage when he discovers a fully formed ghostly Saturn V rocket on a launch pad in Florida. He watches in amazement as it launches, and when another appears a few weeks later, he hops on board. Together with his girlfriend, a fellow astronaut, and a Japanese astronomer, Rick successfully lands on the moon and reinvigorates interest in the space program.Of course, that is not all that becomes reinvigorated. As millions of people channel their hopes for the future into Rick, Tessa, and Yoshiko, the three gain unprecedented psychic power. Rick and Tessa take that power and attempt to change the world.This book starts off well -- compelling and interesting. Unfortunately, as Rick and Tessa's powers increase, the plot spirals out of control. Some suspension of disbelief is necessary for all speculative fiction, but Oltion pushes incredulity beyond the breaking point in the final third of this book. You've been warned.
harstan More than 1 year ago
NASA is in deep decline especially looking back to its glory days of Mercury, Gemini, and the Apollo missions. As the astronaut and cosmonaut pioneers of space die, Elvis-like sightings are reported, but most rationale folks write them off as too much moonshine. However, when Neil Armstrong passes away, a Saturn V moon rocket launches from the Cape Canaveral pad witnessed by shuttle astronaut Rick Spencer. The ghostly spacecraft reaches Moon orbit, then vanishes. This phenomenon repeats itself several times. Rick persuades the NASA brass to allow him to travel with the phantom ship, which takes him to the shuttle piloted by his girlfriend, Tessa McClain. Rick, Tessa, and astronomer-astronaut Yoshiko Sugano ignore their superiors and ride the ghost ship to the Moon with the Russians providing mission control support from earth. Rick soon learns that if he fears that the space program will end, the ship remains solid, but if he believes that the space program will recover, the ship begins to vanish. The team lands on the Moon and successfully returns to Earth only to have the CIA interrogate them to learn more about psychic powers. ABANDON IN PLACE is a full-length novelization of an award-winning novella. The story line is exciting as Jerry Oltion uses New Age elements combined with scientific information tat tuns into an excellent paranormal tale. The novel is at its best during the space scenes, but loses thrust when the CIA enters the picture. Though the NASA leaders seem stilted, fans of preternatural science fiction will relish this weird to the moon and back thriller. Harriet Klausner