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Sojourner: Life will never be the same. Nor will death.

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An imaginative thriller about first contact, survival, and the nature of reality.

When an intelligent alien spaceship arrives in our solar system, no one on Earth notices. Not until brilliant hacker Mazie G stumbles across a surprisingly skillful intruder in her employer’s computer systems, and sets to work uncovering their identity.

What she discovers takes her breath awa

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Kindle Edition, 58 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Graabein Publishing
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Sci-Fi & Scary
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Wasn't a bad read, but there's this leap from X wanting to destroy Y to X suddenly being on Y's side that makes no sense. Needs some explanation in there.

Otherwise, quick easy read.
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Teresa Grabs
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This 58-page novella focuses on Mazie, a young woman (presumed to be young because we never really know her age or much about her) who works for a tech firm. Sojourner is an alien traveling on a passing asteroid who replicates itself in Mazie’s computer.

The first half of the novella is engaging, active, and reminded me quite a bit of the beginning of the Matrix. Once Mazie and Sojourner begin communicating though her work computer’s speakers, it becomes a first contact situation where Sojourner
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Geoff Bawden
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
The three stars that I gave is generous and essentially a reward for the concept but not the execution. I would love to read a well written novel on the premise .. with developed characters (including you-know-who), harder science, better discussion of the politics, religion, human reaction, a tension filled struggle and an avoidance on using magic (deus ex machina) at the end to resolve the story. To even attempt to use that ending requires a lot of background on our new found friend and no bac ...more
Gabrielle Olexa
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Good Sci-fi Story Worthy of Your Afternoon

“Sojourner” is a pleasant, short afternoon read. If you like sci-fi and tales of first contact, you’ll likely enjoy this, too. It’s not heavy on the inner workings of technology or the science side of things, and in a way I liked that. I was just able to focus on the story itself. With that said, I wish there was more to read. There’s a lot the author could have delved into and explained, but it didn’t really bother me that he didn’t. Perhaps he’ll go
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Rick York
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most unique and, in some ways, the most plausible First Contact stories I've ever read.

Describing the premise and the plot would be spoiling the story.

It is well written. The main characters, both organic and artificial, are entertaining and credible.

A highly recommended short read.
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J McAndrew
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fantastic debut sci-fi by Gunnar couldn't put it down, fantastic concept and well written my only gripe was that it's too short and left me desperate to know more but I suppose that's just testament to how much I enjoyed it, can't wait for the rest. ...more
Kevin VA
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Get a professional editor

Really. Get an editor. Choppy sentences. Drivel pseudo-science handwaving. Read some physics, learn to really do software engineering. Stop using “hacker”. Get an editor. Really.
Hollie chAimowitz
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Way too short!

Way too short to contain all these ideas. Questions reality in what constitutes reality. The idea of a computer program being autonomous and intelligent has been seen before but this is an interesting twist on that.
Simon
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very clever, intriguing novella. Well worth the read.
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