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No Earthly Shore

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  9 reviews
On Yemitzov Five live sea-quilts – mats of greyish tissue that undulate through the shallow coastal waters, some as large as two metres square, sans eyes, ears, legs and teeth, in fact sans most of the things considered as basic essentials to life. Thirty years ago, the survey team said they were dumb animals. Now three squilts save a girl from drowning and Earth must send ...more
Kindle Edition, 62 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Cathaven Press
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A surprisingly feel good book, I really enjoyed it.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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No Earthly Shore was a quick, light-hearted read - but not at all what I was expecting from the synopsis. I originally picked it up because of the first-contact narrative, especially the promise of a completely alien point of view, and the ambiguous danger of interacting with highly intelligent, non-human creatures.

What I ended up with was a quickly-spun romance guised in the trappings of a sci-fi narrative. While I didn't mind that the story was ultimately light and cheerful, I felt much of th
Christopher Gerrib
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I frankly don’t remember how I found out about Jilly Paddock’s novella No Earthly Shore, but I did, and I’m glad of it. Set in a far-future universe, this gentle story is that of Dr. Zuzana Aaron-Jones, Zuzu to her friends, and Boadicea Nantucket, Boodie to her friends.

Boodie is a young teenager on the human-colonized world Yemitzov Five, and she claims that the squilts – masses of gray tissue that float in the local oceans – saved her from drowning. More importantly, she claims the squilts are
What a fun, light-hearted romp through a beautifully written story.

No Earthly Shore really is worth reading! It's fast-paced, humorous and filled with vivid imagery that caters to all the senses.

Jilly has written a truly enjoyable read that should have a much larger number of reviews. She has captured my imagination and thrust me squarely into the waiting line to purchase the rest of her works. It was honestly a highly amusing read that made me wish it wouldn't end.

I especially enjoyed Zuzana'
Robert Wilson
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jilly Paddock weaves a fantastic tale of first contact in this sharp and inspiring novella. She carefully balances great characterization with just enough detailed marine biology that isn't too heavy handed while maintaining a sense of rigor any fan of the genre should appreciate. Paddock also shows off just enough of a whimsical sense of humor along with a grand sense of wonder.

Much like Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness and Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the Dead, No Earthly Shore
Paul Trembling
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The theme of 'First Contact' with intelligent aliens,isn't new, but this is an interesting treatment of the theme. Well written, with a smooth, well paced flow of words, the story has a well developed background, and the aliens themselves - the 'Sea Quilts' are cleverly conceived. The interaction between the human characters - as well as between humans and aliens - is skilfully handled, though I thought that more might have been made of the moral dilemmas inherent in the story. I also thought th ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The best short stories are the ones you wish had been long stories and this is one of them. I could have happily read a whole lot more about sea-quilts and their world.
Really believable aliens are difficult, but here they are beautifully realised and it is done with enough science to convince you of their probablity and the knowledge that the author's scientific background is as sound as it can be.
As a quilter I loved the block names used for the creatures, but one of them should have been calle
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Science Fiction and this one was on one of my favourite themes in that genre the first contact with an alien species. That said I believe this could have been so much more than what you get. It has a happy feel to it, but there was no real conflict and no depth to the tension a true first contact should bring. If you want a book that makes you feel good with an awesome description of an alien lifeform then this is for you, if however you want a narrative with depth and tension when learni ...more
Jilly Paddock
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Loved it! (but I did write it!)
It's a happy, feel-good novella with big scary aliens who also manage to be quite nice, and a heroine who likes dabbling in rock-pools.
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I've been writing for a long time, mostly in the science-fiction and fantasy genres. After a career spent working in medical research (briefly) and then in an NHS microbiology lab, I've now taken early retirement and have time to spare for writing and publishing my work.
I like poetry, particularly Yeats and Walter de la Mare, the art of Alphonse Mucha and the Pre-Raphaelites, and folk music, parti