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…When I’m able to set aside the terror and the realization of what a horrible predicament I face, I have so many questions. Why didn’t Space Command abort the trip and stop the ship remotely? Couldn’t they see that something was wrong? They must have, as telemetry for remote control was one of their preciou...more
Published December 19th 2011 by Evolved Publishing
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Natasha McNeely
I'm very skeptic when it comes to scientific stories, being more a fan of fantasy. Despite this, I decided to give this short story a try; I figured, it's just a short story and could be worth a quick read. It did not disappoint.

Focusing more on psychological aspects of the human mind, rather than science, this short story drew me in. It gave an intriguing look into a man's descent into madness after being separated from mankind for over thirty years.

The story itself was paced well and was not t...more
Dec 21, 2011 Annie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Literally breath taking view of a descent into madness and knowledge of one's own impending doom. Really enjoyed this short story!
A short journey through mind..and space... (sorry couldn't help it!) or is this a long journey through space and mind? Whatever you choose this is an extremely well executed short story. Nice way to delve into feelings of isolation and time. Speeding up as we approach our death. Is there a place such as Valhalla or Heaven? Does it affect those last days..hours.. minutes having that faith? Or knowing we have no way to change course or even put faith on the shelf when science will be...more
Traveler One
Jan 09, 2012 Traveler One rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anybody over 15.
Fantastic! I just loved this one. It's the 3rd piece I've read of Diamond's, and I'm now officially a fan. He just released a novel too, so I guess that's next on my reading list.
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Ted is in a space capsule heading on a routine mission to Mars. He’s put into stasis and when he wakes up he’s 30 years past his arrival date. What? How did this happen? He doesn’t have enough oxygen, water or food to last him even if he could travel back to Mars or Earth. What is he going to do?

Ok, this story freaked me out. While I love Star Trek and Star Wars, I have no desire to be away f...more
May 28, 2013 T. rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Very short Novella, well written, although what I consider to be flowery and old-style in its rich use of description rather than character building. I prefer stories help me identify with the characters- with Paradox, I felt like I was on the outside of the story watching an impending train wreck, hoping for a last minute miracle. Then again, isn't that what we want a good story to do? Pull us in so hard we can't look away? This story was about an event- I didn't find myself sympathetic to the...more
Jacque Stengel
Great.. as if my earthly fears of dying in fire or under water weren't enough, now Mr. Diamond had added death by loneliness in space to my phobias.
Very well written and laid out in a way that makes me wonder if the author didn't spend some solitary time in a tin can to turn fears into this written word. It's a very short read but puts a ton of information in those pages...And an ever so subtle surprise that I feel many readers will miss...but as I'm not one for spoilers, you'll just have to ge...more
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