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Review by D. Donovan
Editor & Senior Reviewer
Lieu: Science Fiction Short Stories
Lafcadio Adams, Editor
Idle Winter Press
Lieu gathers nine science fiction short stories and novelettes and narrows the topics to exchange, replacement, upgrade and masquerade - and if this sounds puzzling, initially, that's because the ideas are meant to be both broad enough to include a diverse selection of stories under one cover and unusual enough to rule out the ordinary.
There are big names here, from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Robert Silverberg to Fritz Leiber and Frank Herbert. All were originally published in science fiction magazines in the 1950s, and all approach their topics in very different ways, from adding doses of humor and mystery to creating something that skirts the edge between science fiction and a literary work of another genre entirely.
'The Judas Valley', for example, places the Judas figure in quite a different role when aliens face annihilation and monsters and myths are questioned. 'The Tunnel Under the World' presents a nightmare like none other - and the reality of living in a town built on a tabletop - if, indeed, it is a nightmare and if the town is truly real and not a dream. And 'Old Rambling House' takes a tax accountant out of this world.
The result is a powerful collection of stories which are longer than most, packed with some of the biggest talents in science fiction, and include novelettes which typically don't make it into the more common short story category.
Goodreads is hosting a giveaway for Lafcadio Adams's Lieu! Enter to win a copy. Giveaway ends April 18th, 2015.
The Gifted Guy is a website devoted to helping you choose gifts for the guy in your life. This Valentine's Day edition includes ideas like "gaze into the heavens, and each other's eyes." You'll need Stargazing for Beginners by Lafcadio Adams for that, of course.
The site links to a 3rd party seller on Amazon, where you can get it for $32. Or, you can search for it yourself on Amazon and pay much less. Or you can save yourself the trouble of all that, and buy it right here, direct from Idle Winter Press.
Review of Stargazing for Beginners by Lafcadio Adams on
The Voracious Reader
My Review: This is a great book for star gazers. I have always had a hard time picking out constellations but the diagrams in this book are great. I have the book on kindle now but the paperback is a must. Great to take the kids out in the yard and learn about the stars. A needed book for all shelves. I give this book a 5 star rating.
Goodreads is hosting a giveaway for Lafcadio Adams's Stargazing for Beginners: How to Find Your Way Around the Night Sky! Enter to win a copy. Giveaway ends February 28th, 2013.
Greg Scheiderer wrote a review of Stargazing for Beginners by Lafcadio Adams in Arches Magazine's Summer 2012 issue:
Stargazing for Beginners:
How to Find Your Way
Around the Night Sky
It can be tough for beginners to learn the constellations. Standard star charts contain so much information that they are confusing, and even a simple planisphere can be intimidating to people not familiar with the tool. Those who haven't a clue about right ascension or relative magnitude can still learn the stars with this marvelous new guide from Lafcadio Adams.
Adams is a teacher in the Portland, Ore., area, and astronomy is her favorite subject—she has had a scale model of the solar system in her living room "since way back when Pluto was a planet." Adams wrote Stargazing for Beginners as a series of six lessons, each taking a look at a different part of the Northern Hemisphere sky. She recommends taking them in order, as each builds upon the learning of the preceding lesson. Each lesson features numerous clear, simple illustrations and photos that help the reader identify the constellations, using the familiar to point the way to the more obscure nearby.
Adams published the guide as an e-book for practical reasons. She figures a smart-phone or tablet device is easy to haul outside with you on a clear night. Set it on night-vision mode, fire upStargazing for Beginners, and find out what you're looking at. If you're old-school, you can get the PDF version and print it out. The guide is appropriate for most ages, understandable by budding stargazers as young as 7 or 8, but appealing to adults, too.
If you know Boötes or Lepus already you should proceed to a more in-depth sky guide. But beginning stargazers should grab a copy of Adams' book and start looking up.