Saturday 9 September 2023

At Homeworld's End - Richard Paolinelli - Dreams Of The Storyteller Book 7

At Homeworld's End 
Dreams Of The Storyteller Book 7

At Homeworld's End - Richard Paolinelli - Dreams Of The Storyteller Book 7

Prior to reading this I have read one other story by Richard in the anthology Cracked and have picked up several anthologies he has contributed to, that I have not got around to reading yet. I have also read 1 novel Galen’s Way, and picked up several of his other novels after reading it. After reading this and doing some research on all his books, several have jumped way up in my ‘to be read pile’. Richard is not only an author but the driving force behind Tuscany Bay Books, I have read many volumes from the Bay by a number of authors and all have been well worth the read. This was one of several new short stories that dropped in the collection Dreams Of The Storyteller. There are now 19 volumes in that collection, the first 2 date from 2014, 1 from 2022, and the rest have dropped in July/August 2023. After reading this story I went back and grabbed the whole collection. Much like I did with Declan Finn last year with reading a story a week until I had read his back catalogue, I plan to do the same with Paolinelli over the next year.   

At the time of reading this I have read 314 books so far this year. And this is another very intriguing story from the pen of Paolinelli. I said in a previous review that I have been aware of Richard and his works for a few years now. It is my loss that I did not dig into his works earlier. The description of this story is:

“Earth, long into the future, has been abandoned by her children. As the swelling Sun reaches out to consume the planet, one of her children returns.

On Earth’s final day, she will not face her impending dissolution alone in the night.

This story originally appeared in Planetary Anthology Sol by Tuscany Bay Books in 2021.”

I have had that anthology for a while and look forward to rereading this story again when I get around to it. I have already read this story twice. I read it one day, and the next while driving I used adaptive technology and listened to it a second time. My 16 year old daughter who is not a big reader was intrigued by the story and we talked about it after we got home. 

Again this story reminds me of some of Heinlien’s Lazarus Long stories or a Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat sequence, the fact that we are allowed into the mind of a man who will be the last man on Earth. The story was deeply moving. Thinking about our own impending death and living with purpose. A real Memento Mori feel to this story. The only thing missing would have been the rock on the cover looking sort of skullish. 

This is a well written short story. It draws you in quickly, it keeps your attention. The main character is excellently written. I look forward to the other stories in this series and many of Richard's other series.

If you have not read anything by Paolinelli don’t make my mistake. Pick some up and give them a read now. There is a lot to choose from and I am sure you will be entertained. This was another great read. It is a story that leaves you desperate for more. A great read I can easily recommend. It is a wonderful story in a classic Science Fiction style. I can easily recommend this volume to fans of science fiction. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2023 Catholic Reading Plan!
For reviews of all books from Tuscany Bay click here.

Books by Richard Paolinelli:
When the Gods Fell
The Calling
The Last Lonely Trail
A Zombie Christmas Carol

Infinity Series:
Escaping Infinity
Exploring Infinity

Starguest 4th Age Series:

Timeless Series:
The Timeless
Secret of the Sphinx

Jack Del Rio Series:
Del Rio Omnibus Edition

Divine Trolls Comedies:
The Fall Of The House Of 770 Vile Aromas 
The Corvo

SeaDragon 1 May 1986
SeaDragon 2 June 1996

Non Fiction:
Perfection’s Arbiter
From The Fields
The Space Shuttle: 1981–2011 

Contributed to:
To Be Men 
Places Beyond The Wild
Space Force Building The Legacy
Secret Stairs 
A Tribute To H.G. Wells (2019 Edition)
Beyond Watson 
Holmes Away From Home, Vol. 2 
Sherlock Holmes Adventures In The Realms Of H.G. Wells 
Sherlock Holmes Aventures In The Realms Of Edgar Allan Poe
The Art Of Sherlock Holmes 
The Mx Book Of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part Xxii

Planetary Anthology Series:
Best Of Planetary Anthology Series
Galen's Way Richard Paolinelli

Galen's Blade Richard Paolinelli

At Homeworld's End - Richard Paolinelli - Dreams Of The Storyteller Book 7

Richard Paolinelli - Dreams Of The Storyteller Book 7

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