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A novelette originally published in the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette.

On the strongly volcanic and radiation-soaked surface of the moon Io, the smallest mishap means mortal peril, even for artificial humans like Daniel and Oscar. Clones are expendable and easy to re-create. Why then does company boss Eilin Gunnarsson care so much about these young men that she sends them warnings written on the clouds of Jupiter?

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    Re: His Name In Lights - SF novella with lots of action
    « Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 05:34:40 am »
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    Re: His Name In Lights - SF novella with lots of action
    « Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 03:47:21 pm »
    I've been getting some great reviews on this one on goodreads

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    Re: His Name In Lights - SF novella with lots of action
    « Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 05:58:58 pm »
    Check out this review, by Sean the Booknaut (who is a book blogger) on goodreads:

    His Name In Lights is a hard SF novelette by Australian Writer Patty Jansen. Now dont let the tag hard SF scare you off, theres no Astrophysics or hard science to turn you brains to mush. Its hard science in the background, in the setting.

    The Story

    Allion Aerospace Ltd. has been contracted by the ISF(International Space Force) to carry out construction work on the volatile surface of Io (one of Jupiters moons). Owing to the dangerous environment Allion have sent two of their aggregates(advanced human machine hybrids), who operate without the need for space suits.

    Meanwhile, the Allion ship Thor III is lacing the cloud bands of Jupiter with balloons(hydrogen filled and with remote controlled lights) as part of the solar systems greatest bill board display.

    Io being the hazardous environment that it is, causes problems and a mayday signal is sent from one of the aggregates, the Thor III cant reach them and the ISF grudgingly responds, but things are not as they seem and what started out as a simple tale of construction and human fancy in the outer solar system becomes one of intrigue, danger and surprisingly love.

    Plausibility is the name of the game

    As a I mentioned above, those of you who arent Scifi fans or prefer Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey will find His Name in Lights an accessible story. Jansen does a wonderful job of presenting a plausible setting and plausible technologies (and this is where it deserves the Hard SciFi tag).

    I was hooked by the little background details that Jansen sprinkles throughout the text The Mars war, the tension between pro human ISF and Allion, the political situation this side of the asteroid belt, the briefly mentioned technologies for dealing with space radiation on a huge scale.

    Jansen has managed to give the reader a nice self contained story, and at the same time left us with a vision of a much larger universe- one that I want to read more stories set in.

    Five stars from me, Pattys just scored herself a fan

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    Re: His Name In Lights - SF novella with lots of action
    « Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 04:45:58 pm »
    Another review, by David Kernot, who is editor at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine:


    This is a wonderful story with a completely science fiction setting. Its a story of love, of family, of a struggle against all odds, and importantly one of survival and perhaps it also demonstrates what it is that makes us human. It challenges what really defines who and what we are. Its a story of terraforming new worlds and the challenges we might face. Its a story of brotherly love, and family. Patty Jansen does a wonderful job to craft such a complex, multi-faceted, and highly enjoyable story. Its rich in the detail of science too. For me, Daniel becomes a hero, working with his brother Oscar, in impossible conditions in a remote section of Jupiters moon, Io, he is tested to his core and demonstrates his humanity. Given a choice youll ask yourself what would you do when presented with such devastating options. Buy it. Read it. You wont be disappointed.



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    Re: His Name In Lights - SF novella with lots of action
    « Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 05:25:35 pm »
    Another great review:

    Patty Jansen writes hard SF the way it should be written. His Name in Lights is all about the human side of space exploration. It features two vulnerable androids in need of rescue, and their caring boss who has to think and act fast in order to save them. The setting and science come together to create an entirely plausible work situation on Io. The corporate conflict is so realistic you might read about it in today's news, except it would be set on Earth somewhere.

    The half-human Daniel is an appealing hero, an efficient machine who lets his human emotions make the important decisions. Trapped on Io after a quake, with an injured co-worker, Daniel finds himself under fire from the contractor who should be rescuing him. Eilinn, his boss and caretaker, is running things from a ship when she learns of the danger. When she discovers that the contractor - the government's space force - is pursuing its own agenda, she steps in with a brilliant plan to both expose their duplicity and rescue her workers. How she does it will leave you rooting for the underdog, and cheering with image Jansen creates.

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    Re: His Name In Lights - SF novella with lots of action
    « Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 10:06:49 pm »
    Another review:

    Set on Io, arguably the most dangerous of Jupiter's moons, this hard SF novelette reminded me very much of the late, great Isaac Asimov's work. It is a mixture of well-researched science, robots and politics with a very clever technological twist and a good dose of humanity. Mind you, it is now some years since Dr Asimov passed on and our knowledge of robots, computers and the like have come a long way. Jansen has done her homework. The setting and the tech are convincing and the political situation is all too plausible.

    The story is written from the point of view of Daniel, half human half robot, and the female boss of the company which created him. Eilinn is a tough, hard nosed woman with a softer side. I particularly liked the way Jansen described the internal wars between Daniel's robot and human sides. Whether there is any significance in her choice of Daniel as her hero's name I don't know. But I, like many Asimov fans, remember Daneel.

    This novelette is the forerunner to a novel. I shall look forward to reading it.

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    Re: His Name In Lights - you thought SF doesn't have character?
    « Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011, 06:55:28 am »
    Sounds great, Patty. I'm going to check it out!
        
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    Re: His Name In Lights - you thought SF doesn't have character?
    « Reply #8 on: June 19, 2011, 07:40:00 pm »
    Thanks!

    Temporarily reduced to 99c. I'd love to get a few more reviews.

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    Re: His Name In Lights - you thought SF doesn't have character?
    « Reply #9 on: June 27, 2011, 05:36:11 pm »
    special to end soon

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    Re: His Name In Lights - you thought SF doesn't have character?
    « Reply #10 on: July 11, 2011, 11:01:48 pm »
    Check out the latest review!

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    Re: His Name In Lights - you thought SF doesn't have character?
    « Reply #11 on: September 28, 2011, 09:43:35 pm »
    Signal boost. This continues to be my most popular ebook on Smashwords.

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    Re: His Name In Lights - good ol' action-filled SF with lots of character
    « Reply #12 on: October 30, 2011, 09:21:06 pm »
    Snippet from somewhere in the middle:

    [options: 1. get Oscar myself, 2 . . .  #query aborted#]
    No second option, then. This truck wasn't going to move anywhere. No one else was going to get Oscar.
    He checked his internal functions at the medbay, connected himself to the truck's oxygen tank to replenish his internal supplies; he boosted his blood sugar level as far as it would go. He checked his skin. Any breach in the matrix of the flexible carbon-based outer layer would let in radiation or let out heat, both of which would damage the fragile human muscle tissue underneath. When he was satisfied, he scrambled up the sloping seats, and slid open the back door to reveal the star-spotted sky. In the thin atmosphere, most of the dust had already settled. A blue aurora shimmered across the sky.
    The truck had fallen into a cleft that didn't used to be there, held into place by the weight of the trailer, insubstantial though that was in its empty state. Not even half the bots had made it back to their positions on the trailer. His IR vision showed two of them ambling through the dust, and a third going around in circles, mechanisms damaged by volcanic dust.
    The landscape had changed irrevocably, the ground with the neat white lines distorted.
    The earthquake barriers had mostly worked themselves out of the ground, and many of the plates had buckled into a useless mess.
    Someone at Calico Base was not going to be impressed. Worse, Eilin was not going to be impressed.
    Thick smoke billowed out of the crack that had opened up in the ridge at the far end of the valley, the main portions of the cloud now drifting away from the building site. When he lowered himself from the truck, his sensory unit flashed a warning before his eyes. [geology unstable]
    At times he really wished those modules would stop stating the flaming obvious.

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    Re: His Name In Lights - good ol' action-filled SF with lots of character
    « Reply #13 on: December 08, 2011, 01:12:30 am »
    I've just started a LibraryThing giveaway for this novellette.

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    Re: His Name In Lights - good ol' action-filled SF with lots of character
    « Reply #14 on: December 08, 2011, 08:44:59 pm »
    Io is not a nice place.  It's the most volcanic body in the solar system.  In other words, a great setting for SF!
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    Re: His Name In Lights - good ol' action-filled SF with lots of character
    « Reply #15 on: February 07, 2012, 01:04:12 am »
    It's free today! 7 Feb

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    Re: His Name In Lights - hard SF with lots of character Free 21 Feb
    « Reply #16 on: February 21, 2012, 12:53:51 am »
    Anotehr freebie day today 21 Feb http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MME1RA

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    Re: His Name In Lights - hard SF with lots of character Free today
    « Reply #17 on: May 02, 2012, 01:02:21 am »
    Free today 2 May http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MME1RA

    This novella was published in a pro level genre magazine. Adventure/tech SF

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    Re: His Name In Lights - hard SF with lots of character Free today
    « Reply #18 on: June 19, 2012, 01:38:24 am »
    Last freebie before this one leaves Select.

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