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Astrophel - The first extraterrestrial dialogue

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Jake's wife, Stella, has been missing for eight years. He raises his son, Josh, alone. Though declared legally dead, Stella's disappearance remains a painful mystery that offers Jake a dim ray of hope; he takes that painful hope and turns it into an obsession to reach the stars.

Our solar system has been fully explored and found to be lifeless but for Earth. Jake works at
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Paperback, 166 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by createspace
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May 07, 2013 Susan B rated it really liked it
I mistakenly thought this would be a standard sci-fi plot driven book; a crew going three parsecs to planet in another solar system. I was expecting aliens to attack and the crew to endure. Well, not so. This is a beautifully written piece that grabs you and holds you through the voyage, the stay on the planet, and the return. Mr. Beam truly has the amazing gift of making wild, almost psychedelic imaginings seem believable.

I don't want to give away the twist of the story, but will say that the s
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Jan 05, 2013 Stephen Beam rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As the author, I'll give it five stars. Read it yourself and see if it works for you. See if it destroys your mind as it did mine.

Why did I write it? The characters invaded my head and forced me to write it. I tried to stop, I tried to fight back, but couldn't. I'm weak. And now, I wonder if it really was the characters that made me scribble across my computer? I think it was a benignly sinister force, a presence that knows how to work my synapses. I will pay dearly for this failure at self-cont
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Stephen Beam is a native Californian. For many years he was a video game artist, starting out freelancing, then later employed full time at Interplay Entertainment. He created game art as diverse as Nintendo's Mario Brothers to realistic Star Trek worlds. He moved on to work as a graphic artist and web designer, creating games and presentations for various government services such as the Long Beac ...more
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