“Four engaging tales told in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke and Rod Serling, this book is a don’t miss for affectionados of the bizarre.” — James Hanna, author of The Siege and Call Me Pomeroy
“Grand...I absolutely loved this!!! Intelligent, enigmatic...great fun to read...I will be telling my friends about this one...” — APHELION, The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Well-written science fiction stories entertain with exceptional dialogue and a great
grasp of character voice.
The stories tend to focus on personalities rather than on technical factors. Each does a
fine job fleshing out believable characters. Dialogue in particular is natural and easy to read, in some cases contributing more to the story than the rest of the writing put together. The standout is Livingston, the telepathic cat of the book‘s namesake story, “A Second Coming.” Avoiding the hazards of becoming either too comical or too wise, the hyper-intelligent cat remains lifelike even when he pushes the envelope of plausibility.
This could also be why the standout story of this volume, “A Paper Trail,” is so engaging. Written almost entirely as memos, this tale of bureaucratic woe allows the author’s strength in character voice to shine brightly.
Well written and fun to read, this book entertains. Science fiction fans should expect to