Space Sucks!


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Launch into space, the future and beyond!

Enjoy a humorous look at life in space through the eyes of some colorful characters in this collection of five unique sci-fi tales by Christina Engela, spanning everything from adventure to suspense to comedy and then back again!

Space Sucks! is a little collection that packs a big punch!

“The rise of science fiction as we know it stemmed from short stories published in feature magazines by authors like Asimov, del Rey, and van Vogt. Short stories are an ideal medium to convey snapshots of imaginary worlds while limiting exacting details that would detract from the main focus of the story. Christina Engela’s Space Sucks! is a collection of various science fiction scenarios that, though common enough to be familiar to readers, still offer a unique perspective tinged with the authors sense of humor.

From first encounters to interstellar emergencies, Space Sucks! by Christina Engela manages to pique the readers imagination with concise prose and descriptive language. The dialogue may be a bit awkward at some points, especially in the first story, but it does not sufficiently detract from the readers enjoyment of these stories. The stories themselves just get better as they go, with A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Lance Corporal Thomas O’Blivion, I. Mac, and Beyond all being exceptional reads. Beyond in particular stands out as the epitome of what science fiction has always aimed to be: a literary mirror that highlights human circumstances in fictional situations and puts current themes and norms into perspective. A Really Bad Day In The Life of Lance Corporal Thomas O’Blivion also deserves mention as being a concise but highly action-packed and enjoyable read. Space Sucks! is a little collection that packs a big punch, enough to leave readers in an imaginative stupor after reading each of the stories it contains. 4 stars.” – Eduardo Aduna for Readers Favorite, May 09, 2020.

“It’s refreshing to read some old-school action sci-fi that works more on the story than the plausibility of the sciences in it.” – Anike Kirsten, author of “Of Beasts And Men”.

“Christina Engela has one of the most unique and captivating styles I’ve encountered in science fiction. Elements of the thriller, fantasy/horror and big dollops of Douglas Adamsesque humor combine with hard science to make a winning and highly readable blend.” – Alex S. Johnson, author of The Doom Hippies.

Details:

  • Published: September 02, 2019
  • Words: 23,175
  • Pages: 108 (6×9 Paperback)
  • Duration: (to be announced) min (eBook narrated by)


Synopsis: [Spoiler Alert]

Code Red

After an unexpected battle in orbit over a strange planet, the crew of the surviving warship lands to repair the damage – and maybe to look for a good spot to plant their flag. The locals aren’t too keen on the idea. (1988)

The Devils In The Sky

On the border of Terran space, a lone starship is on frontier patrol.

Suddenly, the I.S.S. Titan is attacked by an unidentified alien ship and suffers heavy damage. They lose weapons and defensive capabilities. Engines are off-line. Life support has failed. They’ve missed supper. Disaster seems inevitable… (1993)

A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Lance-Corporal Thomas O’Blivion

It’s not that Starbase 14 is unpleasant or anything like that, though it seems a trifle formal to Lance-corporal Thomas O’Blivion. The working environment for a security marine is probably average as starbases go, and he spends hour after hour patrolling dull, boring corridors of the station – and dealing with the occasional upset is a welcome break from the monotony. Something to even look forward to, in point of fact. But Lance-Corporal Thomas O’Blivion – a newbie to the deep space mining station – has no idea how bad his day is about to get. Over and above the usual bar-fights, the local miners have now gone on strike, and things are about to get a lot more interesting! (1995)

Beyond

On the very last moment, Earth’s first mission to ‘go beyond’ – that is, to send a ship to explore a nearby star system – is delayed.

Lisa Barnes, the captain of Earth’s very first starship has worked long and hard to get this far in her career – and although it’s a tremendous honor to command the first starship to leave Earth’s home system, it’s an even greater responsibility.

A shuttle is on its way to dock – a shuttle bringing an admiral bearing bad news – and she finds her life – and her career – poised on the edge of the PR department’s knife. (1998)

I, Mac

After a business trip to Io Station, Eric Sloane arrives back at his apartment only to find that his estranged, distant and also least-favorite cousin (and childhood bully and nemesis) has moved in… Whatever’s he to do? In the midst of the commission of murder most foul, a dastardly deed (and the second magnum of champers) Eric is paid a visit by a strange and extraordinary cat alien (who informs him her name is Catisha), and points out the flaws in his plan. (2006)

Reviews:

Space Sucks! is a little collection that packs a big punch

“The rise of science fiction as we know it stemmed from short stories published in feature magazines by authors like Asimov, del Rey, and van Vogt. Short stories are an ideal medium to convey snapshots of imaginary worlds while limiting exacting details that would detract from the main focus of the story. Christina Engela’s Space Sucks! is a collection of various science fiction scenarios that, though common enough to be familiar to readers, still offer a unique perspective tinged with the author’s sense of humor.

From first encounters to interstellar emergencies, Space Sucks! by Christina Engela manages to pique the reader’s imagination with concise prose and descriptive language. The dialogue may be a bit awkward at some points, especially in the first story, but it does not sufficiently detract from the reader’s enjoyment of these stories. The stories themselves just get better as they go, with A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Lance Corporal Thomas O’Blivion, I. Mac, and Beyond all being exceptional reads. Beyond in particular stands out as the epitome of what science fiction has always aimed to be: a literary mirror that highlights human circumstances in fictional situations and puts current themes and norms into perspective. A Really Bad Day In The Life of Lance Corporal Thomas O’Blivion also deserves mention as being a concise but highly action-packed and enjoyable read.

Space Sucks! is a little collection that packs a big punch, enough to leave readers in an imaginative stupor after reading each of the stories it contains. 4 stars.” – Eduardo Aduna for Readers’ Favorite, May 09, 2020.

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