BioRecently Hugo-nominated, Sue Hollister Barr is super psyched about her new, already critically acclaimed sci fi novella Ships, available for 99 cents on Kindle. Her first publishing credits included The New York Times and Twisted, a conventionally published horror novel that's still selling. She's published several sci fi books since, been senior editor at a literary agency, taught creative writing, and is currently an active member of SFWA.
Sharp, layered and a rollicking ride from the first chapter, SHIPS by Sue Hollister Barr put me squarely in this unlikely heroine's shoes and left me wanting more.
An unusual futuristic setting in an old people's home. To begin with I was as confused as the Altzheimer residents who are the central characters of the story. This was mainly because of the Japanese slang. But the story kept me on track. It held my attention because the action was from the point of view of 2 residents and the rather dodgy manager of the home. I liked that it focused on attitudes to an aging populus and the illnesses which often go alongside this. It's easy to read once you get over the Japanese slang. The characters are engaging and believable as is the futuristic world it's set in.
Baby boomers dreaming of higher things? Oh yes, count me in. The real innovation in science fiction is a lot closer to home than we realize - among us. Sue Hollister Barr's Boomers of the Stars is just a small slice of a much large pie of magnificence we need right now. Don't miss it.
A fun and quirky science fiction read!
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SHIPS (preview, 99 cents to read the rest)
Veronica never dealt with her Asperger's till both framed for murder and threatened by an alien. Histus, the alien, is suffering from extreme sensory deprivation because he no longer has a body. His gas-giant home planet has been annihilated, and the only way to survive was to upload his consciousness into his crippled ship. He's barreling toward Earth, while Veronica…born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth…is fleeing across "fly-over" America with the pedal to the metal of her burgundy-upholstered Rolls. What absurd, wireless-tech errors by others lead to their meeting? And, incidentally, will they save the planet Earth?
Boomers for the Stars (COMPLETE novella)
Thanks to stellar advances in longevity, Earth is overrun by Baby Boomers well into their hundreds. Social Security being the stuff of history books, subsequent generations must find some way to put all those Boomers to good use…challenging since few have minds that have survived along with their bodies. But the silver lining is that few can complain about what some of those uses are.
Mary, born in 1948, was never the good girl hoping to catch a husband her family expected. Instead, all she ever wanted was to somehow, someday make it to the stars. Now, she might finally have lived long enough to see her wish come true. But only if she can escape the dangers of her nursing home, save other Boomers there thinking they're Marilyn Monroe and Napoleon…and actually remember her own name.
Rococo (COMPLETE novella)
It's the year 2100. Nan has had to leave her peaceful home above what used to be the Arctic Circle for something extraordinarily old-fashioned: a physical meeting in, of all places, a city. If she doesn't contract a fatal disease first, she might just choke to death on the Rococo holography currently choking Manhattan. And why hasn't she heard anything from her best friend, Trix? Must she have dinner with the elusive boss who hired her to get those annoying aliens off welfare and back to their home planet? Tiresome. Especially when she could print up a better meal back home. But things are about to get a whole lot worse... "Sue Hollister Barr's characters will draw you into this tale, leading you through fantastic settings and swirling twists." Amanda Coffin, Editor.