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If By Reason of Strength

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A GRIPPING TECHNO-THRILLER


"There were 3,260 rivets lining the walls, floor and ceiling of the airlock. Norman had plenty of time to count them. He remembered very little of the day in which (so he was told) he killed four of his crew-mates..."

After serving nearly 300 years in prison, convicted murderer, Norman Gilmore is released a free man, and the oldest living human on
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Published September 30th 2011 by 40k (first published 2011)
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Emanuela
Definire i microrganismi che hanno colonizzato i tessuti del pilota Norman Gilmore non intelligenti è una contraddizione in termini, infatti una volta entrati da una ferita provocata da una caduta durante una ritirata improvvisa da Marte, hanno saputo aspettare le condizioni ottimali per la riproduzione e salvezza della loro specie. Chiamateli stupidi!

C'è qualcosa di zen in questo racconto.
La.Silbia
Io e Jamie Todd Rubin a quanto pare ci perdiamo a porci domande simili (http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/6... lui è andato oltre e ha creato una risposta, io invece mi limito alle domande non avendo particolari doti di fantasia, ma d'altra parte è lui lo scrittore.
Insomma, l'idea di base del racconto è stata per me immediatamente affascinante e interessante. L'inizio sembrava una promettente risposta, sembrava poter creare una buona storia. Purtroppo questa risposta mi è parsa alla fine riman
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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‘I never believed that my strength would be labor and sorrow.’

The title of this novel caught my attention, and I added it to my reading list. When I was offered a copy by the editor of 40k, I really couldn't resist. 40k, as I discovered, is an Italian eBook publisher which specialises in original short fiction. I don't read a lot of short fiction, but this story drew me in.

Norman Gilmore was a pilot on the first manned mission to Mars. He is also a convicted murderer, and at 313 years of age, th
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writegeist
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Tri-centenarian ex-con Norman Gilmore is the victim of the planet Mars, the judicial system of future Earth, and, it can be argued, big pharma. He has spent 280 years in prison for a crime that was far from premeditated. From inference, his defense team is clearly incompetent and evidently over all those years is unable to have his sentence commuted or get a re-trial. He has little control over anything that happens to him. The one choice he does make seems coerced, though noble. His one chance ...more
Saretta
La novella racconta del ritorno su Marte di Norman Gilmore, pilota del primo viaggio su Marte avvenuto secoli prima. Si intercalano quindi i ricordi del viaggio passato - e di tutte le sue complicazioni - e di quello presente che ha un obiettivo ben preciso.
E' un racconto interessante con diverse buone idee, limitato però dalla lunghezza del formato.
Ratiocination
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
A lot of stuff sure did happen for no other reason than to make the plot work.
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