Sales, Ian

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(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Kerrol Ki" for The Scanner #8 in 1990; he has also published many reviews in the UK from about 1988. The loose Apollo Quartet sequence – comprising to date Adrift on the Sea of Rains (2012) and The Eye with Which the Universe Beholds Itself (2013) – presents separate tales thematically linked. The first describes the dilemmas facing its astronaut protagonists in Hard SF terms: they are trapped on the Moon and forced to watch World War Three destroy all life on Earth (> Holocaust). A ancient Nazi Invention allows them, however, to explore Parallel Worlds, where they find a livable solution. This tale won a BSFA Award. The second volume is set in an Alternate World where Faster Than Light travel has been successful due to the Discovery in 1979 of an Alien space drive, and traces over decades the career of an astronaut assigned to investigate a mystery concerning Earth Two, which is located in a nearby star system. The use of two (and potentially four) alternate futures creates an interesting Thought Experiment jostling of realities. [JC]

Ian Sales

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died

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Apollo Quartet

works as editor

  • Rocket Science (no place given: Mutation Press, 2012) [anth: pb/Ian Sales]

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