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August 15, 2022: the Tycho, the most advanced interplanetary craft ever designed by the human race, launches from Earth on an expedition to Mars. The Tycho carries four passengers, soon to be the most famous people in human history.

February 19, 2023: The Tycho loses all communication with Earth while orbiting Mars. After weeks of determined attempts to reestablish contact
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Prostetnic Publications (first published September 28th 2014)
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Cat Lumb
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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An intelligent, well paced and intriguing novel. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi usually, but this author manages to strike a good balance between storytelling and dispensing facts that inform the reader that the technology mentioned in this future is actually believable.

It did start a little slow, but I suspect this was because a particular amount of back story and build up was necessary. By the time I was around half way through the book I couldn't put it down - and stayed up until 1am to finish i
Julie Towe
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am very particular about what I like and don't like about scifi stories. For me, the #1 essential quality is believability. Skylights had that from start to finish. The science is explained just enough to convince the reader, but not so much as to overwhelm or bore him/her. Luther M. Siler obviously spent a lot of time doing research and because of that I was able to relax into the story and enjoy it without picking it apart. When I wasn't reading the book, I would sometimes think, "I could be ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I got this book free from the author as part of a promotion. However if you follow me on Goodreads then you know that knowing, liking, or getting free stuff from an author is no guarantee of a good review from me. :)

This is good, fun sci fi, self-published but at least as well written as the majority of traditionally-published sci fi out there and a lot better than some. The narrator has a great voice; the other characters are all interesting and believable; the adventure is scary an
Elizabeth Langley
A fun read

If you're looking for serious, science based fiction, you won't find much of that here, even though there is real science in getting to Mars and what it is like once you get there. If you're looking for a futuristic, fun romp to Mars that includes a monkey and a secret mission, this is it.
This actually reminds me of the science fiction of the 50's and 60's. The main character is a lowly journalist who is hired to document the expedition and ends up being part of the team that saves th
Steven D'Adamo
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
SKYLIGHTS is a fun, fast-paced romp through a not-too-distant future where humans are beginning to explore Mars.

Drawing on real mysteries of the Martian surface and atmosphere, Luther M. Siler's story imagines believable technology without bogging down the story in scientific jargon. The dialogue is engaging and witty, and the characters interact like friends on an extended road trip. I think this brings a natural, relatable flow to the dialogue.

For as quickly as this book moves through its narr
Bob hood
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best syfi i've read i n years and I go back to the Campbell Amazing Days!!!!!

I read it not expecting to find a gem! Will be looking for more of your good work Thank you Mr. Siler.

Carrie Miller
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Skylights' prologue lays out a mystery that is impressive in its simplicity & the degree that it captures the imagination. The crew of the first NASA Mars mission disappeared after leaving only an enigmatic message. The book follows up on the premise splendidly, putting you in the head of a journalist/writer whose realistic reactions to the unfolding events help ground the action. There’s humor and action as the characters try to understand the mysterious circumstances of the previous mission’s ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I read a blog post by Luther Siler that someone sent me and in the course of figuring out who he was, I discovered he had self-published a couple sci-fi novels. So I thought I would sample this new world of self-published novel. The story and characters are solid, interesting, and the action unfolded at a good pace. While I enjoyed the backdrop of a manned trip to Mars, this is not another THE MARTIAN. I felt some of the bigger issues and deeper human issues were skipped--e.g., sexual tension be ...more
Joan Reginaldo
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun read, excellent storytelling.

The author gives just enough science to impact the story. That's the kind of sci-fi I like.

The main character is an older man who's a bit overweight. I found him relatable, and his self-deprecating humor was a great foil to serious situations.

My one issue with the book could be considered a spoiler because it's very specific, so I won't elaborate more than to mention that it's a very small issue, and I found it an issue only because it reminded me that I'm "rea
Christopher Brennan
Mar 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Let me tell you the exact point where I stopped reading this book. Two astronauts on Mars can't find familiar constellations in the sky because "The stars won't look the same. We're millions of miles away."
Yup. Really. I usually try not to nitpick science in science fiction, but that's just bad. Had the plot simply moved faster before then, I might have overlooked it, but it was on the heels of a lot of infodump conversations just to propose science ideas, and some other questionable impractical
Thomas Weaver
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even better than The Benevolence Archives, which I greatly enjoyed. Believable and likable characters, interesting plot, well-detailed setting. Good science that supports rather than overshadows the story. Engaging narrative voice. Satisfying resolution. Implied promise of a sequel. If you are interested in near-future science fiction that ISN'T grimdark and pessimistic (the setting isn’t all sunshine and genetically engineered unicorns, but it’s not a dystopia, either), you should read this. ...more
Aaron Hamilton
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Siler's done it again, consistently telling another compelling tale with memorable characters, pulse-pounding action, and a sense of humor to wrap it all together. Twists and turns kept me guessing. There was enough scientific discussion to satisfy my geeky side without getting in the way of the character interactions or slowing the pace.

Clearly Luther Siler is one to watch. There are sure to be more great reads coming from him, with his proven track record of page-turners.
A quick read for a summer saturday. Good scene descriptions, but I wondered when the characters would be fleshed out a bit more.
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Luther Siler was born in 1976 in northern Indiana, where he currently resides along with his wife, son and an assortment of various pets.

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