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Call from a Distant Shore

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Five people have been chosen.They have heard the voice in their heads. A voice calling for help. A voice that must be answered...or the entire world will die.

But to answer it, they must find it.

Unfortunately, the voice is not of this earth...

Call From a Distant Shore is the amazing second novel from Stephen Burns, the fast-rising star known for his stories in Analog and hi
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Roc (first published 2000)
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I am beside myself on this one. Sci-fi with a strong human element. Bit of swearing in this one I don't normally tolerate in my stories, but oddly appropriate for this book. It is a genuine page-turner. One of those rare books we book hounds salivate over. I don't agree with all of the book, but the fact is I almost kept this one. Just the fact I am writing more than just a one sentence review stated yaya I read and moved on. This book is a solid read and the characters make you care about them ...more
I read this book after prodding from a friend who had loved it. While I enjoyed the book, I couldn't say that it was the best book I've ever read, though still highly enjoyable. It had a very interesting premise and a wonderful cast of quirky characters. The plot is tight and makes sense, which is a step above some of the other SF stuff I read. The plot was fast-paced and made me keep reading. Burns had a good grasp of how to tell a darn fine story. He uses odd turns of phrase that are funny and ...more
I love sci-fi but this book did nothing for me. The essence of the plot is given away on the back of the book: An alien stranded on one of Mars' moons is sending a telepathic message for help. The six people on Earth who receive the message must come together against all odds to help him. The author never discusses any of the theories or concepts behind how telepathy could work or how it could work across great distances. The entire plot has the feel of a bad 80's movie. There are no surprises a ...more
just finished re-reading this book.

good SF book. Interesting to re-read. Trip to Mars, Alien on Phobos, protector of Humanity, needs rescue/help.

Mental contact creates havoc among the small group of people being touched.
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Stephen L. Burns has been selling fiction since the mid-eighties, the bulk of his work short SF to ANALOG magazine. Bulk is a fair description; at last count ANALOG has published 42 of his stories.
His 1999 novel FLESH AND SILVER was the winner of the Baltimore SF Society Crook/Tall Award for best first novel.
His 2000 novel CALL FROM A DISTANT SHORE was a finalist for, but not the ultimate winner o
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