Ten Little Astronauts
The U.N. Owen is adrift in interstellar space. With no lights, no life support, no help for ten trillion miles, it seems as though things can't get any worse. Then, they find a body.
Ten astronauts are woken from suspended animation to deal with a crisis on board their ship.
Selected from a crew of thousands, none of them knows any of the others: all they know is that...more
Very nicely done, Damon. That ending, though... I'm mad at you.
“Ten Little Astronauts” by Damon Wakes is a reboot of the classic “Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie.
The place is space, outer space that is. Crewmembers aboard a ship in deep space awake to an alarm, knowing that something is wrong, terribly wrong. In the case of an “emergency,” ten were to be defrosted to correct any unexpected situations, but now there are eleven awake. Why? Who does not belong? In reality, there are not eleven, because someone is dead.
Everything is dangerous on boar ...more
Being a novella, there was not much in the way of character development, although there is, ultimately, some social commentary, which I found to be valid; maybe because it echoes my own sentiments.
The futuristic setting for the novella was realistic and the plot ...more
Blair, an engineer, is one of 4000 people cryogenically frozen on a ship hurtling through space. He along with nine other people are awoken when the ship detects something that needs their attention. When they find a person who has clearly been murdered, they all soon realize that one of them must have done it.
It's bad enough that the ship is partially crippled, but now these cre ...more
With this, Damon L Wakes ...more
There are two ways to read this book: on its own, or in comparison with Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (which I read only after reading Ten Little Astronauts). There are some things it does better than And Then There Were None; there are some it does worse. Notably, while it's billed as ...more
Set in space, it was an odd one for me. Not my usual choice of book although the genre is about right.
Even though only a short novella it took me a little while to get into and invest in but this may have just been circumstances rather than the book itself.
Still, the storyline was interesting and kept you guessing right until the end.
A bit more suspense than outright spooky but still a good little read.
This is another book that I received from Unbound. The author, Damon Wakes, pitched the novel as an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery set on a spacecraft a trillion miles from Earth. I was immediately hooked and supported the project without hesitation.
Ten Little Astronauts is set on the Owen, a large space-faring craft whose purpose is to ferry thousands of people to a colony world light years away from ...more
The book's main story, Ten Little Astronauts, kept me holding my breath as I read, unable to tell who was the murderer out of the group even when it grew smaller and smaller. While I usually am not that much of a fan of intense murder mysteries (it might've been the immersion that made this feel so int ...more
At under 70 pages, it is definitely too short. I didn’t understand what was going on half the time because this is hard SF, and there wasn’t enough detail. I also felt nothing for the characters, who I ...more
Every year since 2012, Damon has produced one work of flash fiction each and every day during the month of July. He usually writes humour and horror, occasionally at the same time. Tack ...more