SF Fan All My Life

… And now someone I know has written an SF novel.

Jim Downey, former co-blogger on Unscrewing the Inscrutable, that historic godless blog created by Brent Rasmussen, is the author of Communion of Dreams.

The year is 2052, and the human race is still struggling to recover from a massive pandemic flu some 40 years previously.  When an independent prospector on Saturn’s moon Titan discovers an alien artifact, assumptions that we are alone in the universe are called into question.  Knowing that news of such a discovery could prompt chaos on Earth, a small team is sent to investigate and hopefully manage the situation.  What they find is that there’s more to human history, and human abilities, than any of them ever imagined.  And that they will need all those insights, and all those abilities, to face the greatest threat yet to human survival.

You can order it in Kindle, paperback, direct telepathic transmission, or as a nano-chip created by fearfully advance aliens and installed directly into your brain.

Okay, I made those last two up.

But you can get a free Kindle download for the next three days.


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  • http://www.davidrutt.me.uk rutty

    It sounds right up my street. Thanks for the heads up :)

    It’s also free in the UK Kindle Store. Have downloaded it, but will be sure to buy the paperback later on

  • StevoR

    Excellent – congrats to your friend from me! :-)

  • Nancy New, Queen of your Regulatory Nightmare

    Oooh, thanks!

  • Jeff Johnson

    Thanks. Looks interesting.

  • geocatherder

    I preordered the paper version; Jim says he’ll sign it. What a great guy!

  • http://sheilacrosby.com Sheila Crosby

    Yup, the download is also available in the UK. Many thanks. I’ll really, really try to read it and write an Amazon review in a reasonable time.

  • Steve Gerrard

    Get PZ Myers to tweet it, and lots more will download it. Looks good so far. My favorite line from Chapter 1, spoken by Seth, an AI entity:
    “Well, it doesn’t fit our current paradigm, but given that it exists, it seems to be very possible.”

  • Anonymous Atheist

    Downloaded! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001047013586 jimdowney

    Thanks, Hank – and thanks to those who downloaded the book – I hope you enjoy it!

    geocatherder, if you didn’t order it from my website, drop me a note and I’ll make sure to get a signed copy to you.


  • Anonymous Atheist

    Here’s a great nonfiction ebook, free this week Feb 6-10, 2012:
    Letters from an Atheist Nation: Godless Voices of America in 1903
    by Thomas Lawson

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Letters-from-an-Atheist-Nation/252536341450603 Thomas Lawson

    Thanks, Anonymous Atheist. Starving Student Week for Freebruary.


    Yes, my book is free until tomorrow. It’s filled with blue-collar atheists from 1903. Farmers, railroad laborers, carpenters, woodsmen, carriage painters, millwrights, masons, and handymen. Farmers make up the majority. There was something about trying to grow edible things that made them reject SkyPilots, rather than weeds, which God made inedible yet plentiful. Who knew that agriculture could make someone lose their religion?