In celebration of the birth of Polish astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan, discoverer of the the first exoplanets and pulsar planets, who was born on this date in 1946 in Szczecinek, Poland, my novelette Alien Embrace is free on Amazon Kindle today. Dr. Wolszczan has been awarded the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science, Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize, and the Order of Polonia Restituta.
In Alien Embrace, Logan Rickover, owner of a hardware store in a small town in Kentucky, has lucid dreams of life as an astronaut that intrude upon his life at any moment. Which of his lives is real? The quiet paradise of Danville or the terrifying jungle world of Stheno D?
Ron Baker commented, “This short has exactly what I like in science fiction: planet exploration and bizarre otherworldly aliens, in this case insectoid. The horrendous purpose the aliens have for the hapless astronauts who make planetfall to find the numerous previous missing exploration teams is grisly. I love the mystery of the planet and the authors device of alternating from the aliens bizarre perspective then switching to the astronauts point of view.”
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