ALDISS AND his crew crash land on a forgotten Earth, expecting it to be abandoned after hundreds of years. Their own world is destroyed, and now Earth is their only chance for a new start. But it’s winter, the climate is harsh, and Earth is not as forgotten as they thought. The inhabitants also may not be as open to new arrivals as Adliss’s crew hopes.
I loved this book. The setup was interesting, and the characters were engaging. I loved how spacemen and werewolves collided: technology meets primal Earth. First contact between the two groups of humans was thrilling and fun. I loved Hari, one of the wolfmen. His simple ways blow Aldiss’s mind, show him a new path, and change his life forever. Hari was easily my favorite, and I’m sure he’ll be a favorite of many other readers. He has sort of a primal innocence, and may I say, he was very sexy-sounding. I’ll bet he’s a wild cat—er, dog?—in bed. Woof.
This is a great short read, and a complete standalone story. There was so much wonderful world-building and depth to the characters that I wanted to stay in the world a while longer, but I know that Coatsworth is working on many new ideas and terrific stories for us. I can’t wait to read them.
Coatsworth has quite a few short stories and novellas out—even some free reads. Check out his website/blog: http://www.jscottcoatsworth.com.
Besides having his own website, Coatsworth is also the founder of QSF, a social group devoted to LGBTQ+ Speculative Fiction. Readers, writers, and science fiction/fantasy lovers can gather to talk about social issues, have their work critiqued, recommend reads, and make new like-minded friends. Check out their website: http://queerscifi.com.
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