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Rob Shelsky is an avid and eclectic writer, and averages about 4,000 words a day. He has several novels to his credit and two anthologies, Were Worlds Collide, and Where Worlds Collide II, both dark SF anthologies. Rob has two romances out now, a Regency romance, Verity, along with the sequel, Fallibility, and soon to come, a time-travel romance. He also has Lost Echoes, a time travel romance available now.

Rob has written science fiction articles for such magazines as The Internet Review of Science Fiction, numerous articles for AlienSkin Magazine, Neometropolis, Midnight Street (UK), Doorways, and other publications. Rob has had short stories published with Jim Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, AlienSkin, Gateway SF, Fifth Dimension, Continuum SF, Sonar4, Uncial Press, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit Magazine, Sex & Murder, and many more. He has a novella coming out in early 2010 with Aberrant Dreams Magazine’s first hardcover edition anthology, The Awakening. Rob’s novella, Avenger Of The People, will appear there alongside the works of such sci-fi greats as Alastair Reynolds, Ian Watson, Jana Oliver, Robert Madle, and just so many others. There is even an introduction by Jack McDevitt.

Rob has a short story, Green Waters, now out with Sonar4’s Phase Shift anthology, and a paranormal story, Light On The Moor, coming out with Smashwords and Amazon.com.

Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but a contributing editor for Currate.com travel articles, as well as being a reviewer for Novelspot. He is also a resident science fiction columnist for AlienSkin Magazine.

Although widely traveled and continuing to travel, Rob now lives in North Carolina. He enjoys contemplating ideas for new stories while watching the sunsets over the mountains and sipping a glass of red wine, preferably a decent Merlot.

Oh and check out this site for my Smashwords books:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=rob+shelsky

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rob's Latest Nonfiction Book Release: For The Moon Is Hollow And Aliens Rule The Sky

Is there a “No Trespassing” sign on the Moon? Have we been warned away from there by an alien intelligence? Is the Moon hiding a hollow core, one with an alien civilization? Do aliens take to hollowed out worlds out of a very real fear? If anyone DID NOT BELIEVE our Moon might be hollow, it was UFO Investigator and Author, Rob Shelsky. However, after researching the facts, the author did something he rarely does. He made a complete about-face on his views regarding The Hollow Moon Theory! Just why did he do this? For a good reason: because the evidence to support the idea of our Moon being hollow was far greater than he had ever suspected and comes from a wide variety of scientific disciplines and sources. The Author discovered there is also a veritable avalanche of evidence for the existence of aliens being on or in a hollow Moon. If you have ever wondered if the Moon might just be hollow, after reading this book, For The Moon Is Hollow And Aliens Rule The Sky, you will wonder no more. This book includes evidence for: -- Recorded historical evidence for our Moon not always having been in our skies. -- Discusses the truth of the Spaceship Moon Theory (Hollow Moon Theory). -- Names the five main theories of our Moon’s origin and what’s wrong with them. -- Shows evidence for not just one, but possibly two hollow moons! -- Develops a new theory, that of the Diaspora of alien civilizations to the stars. -- Bizarre physical oddities about our Moon. -- Strange evidence for alien structures on the Moon. -- Weird events show evidence for aliens in space, in our skies, and on the Moon. -- Convincing evidence and arguments as to just why the Moon is hollow. -- Documented account of aliens and our astronauts. -- An in-depth discussion of just what all this may mean for humanity? And more! The author builds his case for the idea of our Moon being hollow step by easy step, and provides information from a wide variety of sources to support this theory. Is our Moon hollow? Do aliens dwell within it? Do such strange beings rule our sky? The answers all lie in For The Moon Is Hollow And Aliens Rule The Sky, a cutting edge look at all the latest ideas, theories, and facts to support them, as well as including a new theory of just why it may well be that all intelligent civilizations might take to the stars in hollowed-out worlds! And what fear drives them to do so!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This Alien Earth--Settings For Science Fiction Writers Who Just Want To Stay At Home

This Alien Earth Settings For Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers Who Just Want To Stay At Home! 


The wormhole was open at last. Kevin, clad in the very latest protective environmental suit, stepped through it. 

SNAP! 

He stood on the surface of a strange world. A monstrous gibbous moon hung just above the eastern horizon. It dominated the black-reddish sky. Stars could not compete with its brilliance. His readouts showed a complete lack of oxygen and deadly levels of carbon dioxide. There seemed to be no life anywhere and it was hot, very hot. Air pressure was incredibly high, and only Kevin’s suit saved him from being crushed. He felt a shudder. Earthquake! Where he stood, the ground pitched and rolled beneath him and then lifted high. Boulders clattered and tumbled. Rocks rolled and crashed. An alarm sounded. Kevin glanced at his altimeter. He, and the darkling plain he stood on had just risen almost a kilometer high! 

Just then, a strange dark wall appeared on the horizon. He heard an incredibly loud rumble. Kevin realized, belatedly, the wall was a giant wave of black water rushing toward him. It must be a thousand meters high! Just as he stepped through the wormhole again, it occurred to him that the moon of this world hadn’t been as large as he’d first thought, but just very close to the planet, instead, and so creating the tremendous tides. 

SNAP! 

He stood on the edge of a slumping cliff. Below him, receding into the distance was an ancient seabed, an endless expanse of vitreous, ochre-and-yellow sand dunes. They looked like waves of frozen Venetian glass. There was almost no atmosphere at all on this world. Unfamiliar stars glittered brittle and hard in the night sky. 

Then, a startling line of crimson appeared across two-thirds of the horizon. A vermillion sliver peeped above the lines of dunes there. The sliver grew into a monstrous crescent of ruby sun, great spots clearly visible on its roiling, heaving, and seething surface. His readouts showed the heat and radiation levels soaring as the scarlet sun rose. In the distance, he could see the dunes glisten sanguinely, looking red-wet, as they began to melt once again with the heat of a new-born day, one born from hell. He waited no longer. He would die here if he didn’t leave. Without hesitation, he stepped through the wormhole once more. 

SNAP!

Okay, I think we must all have the point by now. Barring just a touch of literary license 
(more or less--probably more), these scenes could well have been Earth at one time or another, and probably actually were to some degree. The first scene was meant to be from early Earth not long after the oceans had formed. The last one was our planet in the far future, before our dying red sun engulfed it. Of course, there may have been no sunrise, because the Earth might have just one face eternally locked toward the sun by then. So this was just a touch of literary license here, if you will. 

You see, we think of our planet as being static in its environment and only undergoing changes slowly, over vast amounts of time. But we forget just how different the Earth was at various stages of its existence. Yes, we all know about the dinosaurs and the ice ages. We know how different things must have been then, but I don’t believe most of us truly comprehend, viscerally, on the gut level I mean, that it goes far beyond that. When people picture the dinosaur or ice ages for example, they mentally people it with those strange animals, or glaciers, but keep everything else pretty much the same, oceans, blue skies, puffy white clouds. 

Most of us don’t take into account that even the air would be different. For example, the oxygen levels during the Carboniferous period would have been much higher than now. Fires would have ignited quickly, and burned ferociously. Moreover, there is strong evidence for microbial life forms living as far back as 3.85 billion years ago. 

Prokaryotes, single-celled life forms without a nucleus, may have also existed; yet dangerous viruses or bacteria only rarely come up in sci-fi stories and seldom in time travel tales. Why not? And an ice age is nothing compared to a Snowball Earth, when the entire planet was white, low in oxygen because of little plant life, but getting ever higher in its carbon dioxide mixture. You wouldn’t be able to even breathe there. There were many times in the past, and there will be again in the future, when our planet was, or will be, fundamentally and totally alien to us, so different, we wouldn’t probably recognize it as ours. If you were somehow transported to those eras, you would probably believe you were on another planet altogether. 

 It wouldn’t just be the animals romping around that would make you think this, or how hot or cold it was; it would be just about everything, every aspect of what you think of as familiar would be different--plants, animals, terrain, even the skies and the stars in them. I’m betting you’d find that planet incredibly hostile and strange, and probably unsafe and/or unfit for colonization by humans. How different could it be? Well, for instance, a few million years either way would make the heavens appear utterly different to us, with a multitude of unfamiliar stars forming strange constellations. Judging by them, we wouldn’t even be able to tell if we were on our own world then. Planets might well have been in different orbits, looked very different. Something big happened to Uranus, for instance. And even a Mars-like world probably crashed into the Earth at one point. 

And as for Mars, at one time, it may have looked much like Earth--a blue world instead of red. And, depending on whether you went forward or backward in time, the moon would be closer or farther away. It might disappear altogether; look different, without its mares, totally different patterns of craters. Or it might eventually wander away from earth altogether billions of years from now, or come crashing down on us in the far future. We do know the moon is receding from the Earth at close to 1.5 inches a year, and so once was much closer. 

So, travel back far enough in time and you will have a bloated moon with a different-looking face suspended above you, filling the night and day sky, causing tides that would yank the land out from under you, as high as a kilometer before dropping it back, and thus causing numerous tremors at the top of the Richter scale. Go far enough into the future, and the moon will be so far away that it will appear tiny, a bright speck in the sky. Our day will be longer, and tides virtually nonexistent. Several billion years from now, the moon will be 1.6 times farther away than it is at present. Its period of revolution will be about 55 days. 

Eventually, our world’s rotation will take fifty-five days (same tidal friction problems) and thus the moon may appear to stay in one place forever, hanging over just one portion of our planet. Anyone living on the wrong side of the planet would have to travel far to see the moon hanging in the sky. You see, only beings living in certain regions, but nowhere else on Earth, could see it. Can you imagine how strange this would seem to people alive today? Try visualizing living on an Earth where one day is equal to fifty-five of ours, and it only takes seven of them to make a whole year. 

The weather would be awful, too, on such an Earth. There would be intense heating on the sun side, terrific cooling and freezing on the other. Violent winds would be one probable outcome. Migrating oceans might be another. Oh, and don’t forget to throw in a couple billion years of evolution (if life survives that long), and you would have an Earth unknown to us, one that is truly alien, indeed! Even the sun would be much larger and a different color--a brilliant red. 

Okay, so if we travel far enough through time either way, we end up on a planet that seems nothing like our own. Length of day, temperatures, landmasses, atmospheric constituents (or none at all), size and proximity of moon (or whether we even see or have one), tides, weather, life forms, unrecognizable star patterns, strange plants and animals--all of it will be in the future, or was already in the past, vastly different from what we know today. Great places and times to set stories in then, aren’t they? (Who needs other planets when you have ever-changing Earth?) How about changes occurring now? There is global warming and the possibility of a sudden ice age onset (another Big Chill?), but what about other things? 

Did you know, for example, that on any given day there are about twenty-four volcanoes in an erupting phase? In the past, so many volcanoes let go at once that they severely altered the constituents of the atmosphere. They produced lava fields that covered thousands of square miles (so-called Siberian Traps) and caused major biological die-offs, perhaps the biggest one in Earth’s history. Think of the stories you could write if this were to start happening again--now? And this isn’t even taking into account super volcanoes. These monsters do not often erupt, but when they do, the consequences are chilling. 

The Yellowstone Caldera in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, is one example. For a long time we didn’t even know it existed. It wasn’t until NASA wanted to test some heat sensing equipment that we realized the caldera was even there. Visitors walked around Yellowstone every day, enjoying the geysers and boiling mud pots, not the least bit aware they were perched precariously atop an active super volcano. Many geologists consider it to be (currently) the most dangerous one on Earth! It erupts about once every six hundred thousand years or so. That means it is due any time now for another such eruption. And remember, many scientists believe one such super volcano, about 70,000 or so years ago, reduced the human population on the entire planet to a mere few thousand! Again, this is an excellent idea for a story setting. 

If the Yellowstone Caldera blows, it will mean total devastation for hundreds of square miles around, sending tons upon tons of soil and debris high into the atmosphere. This debris will make the nuclear blast at Hiroshima look like a child’s pop-gun toy by comparison. A nuclear-style winter will engulf the Earth. Plant life will suffer and die, and then the rest of the food chain (meaning us) will, too. Ash up to five inches deep could cover the United States and most of Canada from coast to coast. Much deeper layers of ash (feet thick) will plaster enormous areas of North America, wreaking havoc on the Great Plains breadbasket. (Word of advice: should Yellowstone go off, run don’t walk to your nearest supermarket and stock up on those canned goods! Trust me; you’ll need them.) Is that enough of an alien planet for you? 

Earth is hardly static. Transformations are happening all the time. Our planet careens from one wild swing to another, suffering numerous and swift changes that have catastrophic results for life on land, and in the seas. Some scientists, for instance, now think that ice ages might come in mere decades, instead of over centuries. 

Changes on this alien Earth are always occurring and every day. They make great concepts for stories with settings and plots limited only by a writer’s imagination. Whether it is an author setting his or her stories in the beginning of time, Devonian period, Dinosaur Age, Ice Ages, far future, or just a few decades from now, Earth is the perfect alien planet for your story. Think about it. And it isn’t just science fiction. Many major fantasy authors have used past ages of Earth for their settings. Next time, we’ll discuss truly alien worlds, how to create them, and how not to mess it up big time when doing so! When building planets from scratch, one has to be very careful!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Messiah Factor--Red Rising and The Hunger Games



THE MESSIAH FACTOR
The New Popularity Of Saviors In Fantasy And Science Fiction
Red Rising and Other Delights

Fiction, especially science fiction has always required its heroes. These larger-than-life creatures strayed upon the fabricated stage of authors’ settings a long time ago. Inevitably, they always alter the outcome of things, and almost always for the better. That’s what heroes do. That’s their job.

So what’s different of late? Have things changed? Yes. Over the last couple of decades, there has been an ongoing trend toward a hero becoming something more, something far more, and I don’t mean just a superhero in the ordinary sense of that term (Superman, Batman, etc.).
Now, they are demigods. I don’t mean this just figuratively. Many books, mostly those geared toward young adults, are actively creating literal demigods as their heroes.

Whether based on the old Mt. Olympus idea, (the “Olympians,” “Clash Of The Titans,” etc.) or those of fabricated myth and legend (“The Last Airbender”), or whatever, all of a sudden we have a rash of new heroes with godlike powers—demigods, if you will, by definition. Not just heroic powers, mind you, but godlike. Where did all this originally start? Well, that’s like trying to pick a moving target. However, I would say that the idea of the hero as a demigod really started with the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

Here’s a boy who, even at birth, is clearly marked for something greater. His lightning scar is the sigil and sign of this. He is destined to be “more.” He has latent talents. Oddly, JK Rowling never quite realizes them as fully as I would have thought she might have. Harry Potter never became a superhero, not as we now see them. His latent abilities develop, but he was never capable of the wonders of our more recent heroes in the world of fiction.

Perhaps this was because the trend was still growing, and Harry Potter was just the beginning of it all, so he was not yet a savior in the full sense of the word, as in a messiah. Yes, we could point to even earlier examples of this phenomenon, but let’s be honest here; the Harry Potter series stands out in this regard, as well as do many others, but Rowling’s books were the runaway big hit of all time, it seems. That’s what I’m talking about here, the trend of “big hits in reading.”

Again, the trend is growing even from that point. The Twilight Series is another example. In this case, the heroes are both male and female, but the one with the powers is Edward (at least, until near the end). Young, prepubescent to adolescent girls have fallen in love with werewolf teenage boys, vampire teenage boys; well, whatever, just as long as they are teenage boys who have some kind of powers, and look good with or without their shirts on.

But it doesn’t stop there. The trend continues to grow. Now, this is no longer true of just fantasy. Science fiction has adopted the idea of demigods. Witness the teenager heroes of Chronicle, who develop extraordinary powers. This is just one of many examples of recent times. Moreover, this idea of the hero-as savior, the messiah, if you will, is gaining momentum, gaining traction. It “ain’t” just your standard superhero anymore.

Of late, this seems to be reaching a crescendo. No longer is it enough for the hero to be just a hero, a person who rises above the crowd, to lead people, right wrongs, and win the day. He/she now has become something more, much more. Heroes, whether male or female, are attaining the status of martyrs, of saviors of all humankind. In short, they are becoming very much like the Messiah, Jesus.

Does this sound like blasphemy? Am I way off base in saying this? I don’t think so. Look to the books that have been made into movies of late. Let’s start with the “next big thing,” after the Harry Potter series (not counting the Twilight Series, of course, which has been in play for some time now, and is another “good” example). I’m speaking, of course, of the Hunger Games.

In the Hunger Games, by author Suzanne Collins, we have our hero-cum-demigod in the form of “Katniss.” Although there are “boys” in the book, and they do much to help her on many an occasion, even saving her life, she is the undoubted hero.

She is possessed of more than average abilities. Her ability to shoot an arrow is way above the norm. Her ability to think fast in desperate situations almost defies logic. Not only is she the savior of herself and those she loves, stepping in for her younger sister to participate in the Hunger Games in her name, but she is, ultimately, the savior of civilization and the messiah of a new world order.

Katniss abhors decadence, in particular the decadence of the Capitol and the President. She detests slavery, and the cruel treatment of the weak, the downtrodden workers of the world. Very Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in her philosophy of “Workers of the World Unite. Katniss wants not only freedom for herself, but in the process freedom for all. Does she have doubts? Does she worry about what she is causing to happen? Of course. Katniss has her own private Garden of Gethsemane with which to deal, as all would-be saviors must. Let’s be honest here; it makes for good reading. Nobody likes someone who is perfect, even if they do border on the all-powerful.

And like Jesus was at one point, Katniss is sometimes (actually, most of the time) an unwilling savior. She doesn’t want the crown of thorns that is being placed upon her head, and whether she likes it or not. Even so, Katniss must grow and transmute into something special, whether she wills it, or no, and she must become something more. First, she is a symbol, then a hope, then a prophet and finally a savior.

Like Moses, she comes from a similar source, a people who are virtual slaves, as with the Jews under the Pharaoh. And like Moses, she leads her people, step by step, out of bondage. And like Moses (Jesus?) she practically performs miracles in the process. Her emblem, the Mocking Jay, becomes the new crucifix of her times, one by which her people are freed and led to the “light.”

A revolution in the political sense, but also in the moral sense, takes place. Wrongs are righted. Justice is delivered. And the meek, and the not-so-make, inherit the earth. Of course, it takes much sacrifice, and three books to reach this state. Katniss, by the end, has been transformed first to a prophet (and undoubtedly a “profit,” as well, for the author, publishers, movie producers, etc.), and then to a messiah. She is the harbinger of a new kingdom of peace upon the earth, and in many ways, Katniss is its literal savior.

Am I being a little sarcastic and mocking here? Yes, I am. It’s my nature to be, and why should I have to damp it down in my own blog? Also, I am, admittedly, a little jealous—what great ideas for novels! So yeah, I’m a little on the sarcastic side and for good reason, I feel. It’s called envy and bitterness.

However, this doesn’t mean I didn’t love the books, or enjoy the movies. I did and still do. But that doesn’t make me blind to exactly what the books were really about. They are about empowerment, for young adults, especially young adult females. Our children, it seems, don’t just want the same rights as adults, but they want to supersede them, be more. One can’t blame them. After all, the books appeal to many adults (me included), as well, and for much the same reason—empowerment and hope.

But, as many infomercials would have it, “there is more!” It isn’t just young adult females who enjoy this sort of thing, but young adult males, as well, although admittedly their predilection is for something a little bloodier, a little gorier, even than the Hunger Games were. Although, mind you, they enjoyed that trilogy very much, as well as young women did.

Now we are coming to a whole new flock of books that are becoming popular, and probably will end up as movies in the foreseeable future, too. As my main example, I’m referring to Red Rising. This book by author Pierce Brown, and is gory in the extreme. There is a lot of blood in it by anyone’s standards. I would even go so far as to say it borders on the pointless mayhem at times. Just my opinion.

But it is popular. It is near the top of the charts at Amazon, for one thing, and has been there for some while now.

Is it a good book? Yes, it is. Although, the editors, or at least the editing, is often deplorable. Seldom have I seen such a major work of fiction have so many typographical errors, so many editing mistakes. Repeated words, sentences accidentally switched partly around, the misuse of punctuation (major misuse, not minor), borders on the rampant in this novel.

No, I’m not talking about some ivory-tower editor type of mistakes here, ones which the average reader wouldn’t notice, or more particularly, care about. I’m talking about major editorial mistakes, ones that disrupt the sentences, and sometimes even make them meaningless. They are the kind of mistakes that causes the reader to back up and have to re-read the sentence twice (or more). I’m not sure who edited the book, but they definitely could’ve done better, in my personal opinion. I say this because the book is above average in its error ratio, and annoyingly so for me. Again, just my opinion. But then, I’m jealous! Despite these problems, the book is a great success! Damn it!

But let’s get more specific about Red Rising. All the blood and gore aside, we have yet another dystopian future set before us. This one takes place on Mars to begin with. Although the premise did bother my willing suspension of disbelief to some degree, I did ultimately buy it, and I enjoyed the book.

Would it make a good movie? Undoubtedly. Anyone who likes fast action, blood, gore, and a plot pace that whips right along, will enjoy this book as a movie. I know I will.

And again, we have the hero as Messiah and Savior. Again, he comes from the lowliest of origins, a virtual slave race. He is brought up from the depths (literally) into the light of the day; one he did not know existed on his world. Through great trial and sacrifice he is transmuted, transmogrified into something more and that is a “Gold.” (See, “demigod,” here.)

He is trained, physically altered to have incredible strength, and other abilities. So even by the standards of the ruling race, the Golds, he is a force to be reckoned with, even amongst them. It is his ultimate task to bring down a solar-system-wide tyranny. Can he do it? You bet he can! And again, all willing suspension of disbelief problems aside, and there are some (for instance, what resistance movement would bank everything on one completely unknown “Red?),  he must make sacrifices on his way, just as any savior, or messiah must.

I don’t want to give away too many details of the book, because again, it is a great read and despite the typos, but let’s just say that someone who is very near and dear to him must light the way by the sacrifice of their blood. In other words, again, we have his personal Garden of Gethsemane, with which our hero, if he is to become a messiah, must go through. As with Jesus, he is tempered by this, and resigns himself to his fate, that he is an instrument of a greater (God’s?) will than his own. Yes, he rails against his fate, but he accepts it.

Thus, we have a new savior born, a prophet “up from the mud,” and an ultimate savior, one in which humanity embodies all its hopes for the future. The trouble with “the meek,” seems to be that rather like yeast, they keep trying to rise!

This isn’t the only book in this vein. The formula is now clear. Authors create dystopias. They then create someone who rises from the lowest classes of the society in those dystopias. These people are usually young, not yet twenty. They may be male or female, and seem more often to be female of late. Through dint of circumstances, and often despite themselves and their own desires and dreams of a more humble, less public life, they are forced into the unwilling position of being the new prophet (again, “profit?”), the savior, and the messiah. All of them have their talismans, whether it is a petal of a blood blossom, a brooch with the Mocking Jay upon it, or crucifix, they are destined to be the saviors of the human race.

One might say, with regard to the crucifix, that it’s been done, and better before. Yet, that doesn’t stop us authors from rewriting the story over and over. Why? Because readers enjoy them, that’s why. Authors are prostitutes of a sort. We can’t just write whatever we want and be successful. We have to strike a chord with our readers, we have to give them what they want, much as Pontius Pilate did with the mob in Jerusalem.

Am I commenting negatively upon all this here? No, I’m not. Instead, I’m about to jump on the bandwagon. I’m writing a new book even as we speak, tentatively titled, Gray World. And yes, it is set in a dystopian future, will feature a hero/savior/messiah. Heck, maybe two. More is better, right?

As long as readers want to read them, authors, including me, will write them. So I will write my Gray World. You see, for one thing, I like dystopias. For another, like most people, I like heroes. I even like demigods and saviors. Why not? They are the stuff of our history, legend, and religions. They are an integral part of what makes us human, I think. Even if they didn’t exist, and some believe they don’t, the very idea of them aids the human race, gives us hope, and a sense that everything will turn out well.

Moreover, in fantasy and science fiction, they are the current trend, what is invoked, what is most popular. And why not? After all, the meek will inherit the Earth, won’t they? And even if they don’t, it’s what keeps us going, the belief that someday, they just might.

Being one of those believers, I’m all for this new trend. The more saviors, messiahs, and demigod heroes, the better, in my personal opinion. I intend to add to that ever-growing crowd. Why not? After all, there is profit ("prophet?") to be made.

Monday, February 3, 2014

UPDATE: Rob's Science Fiction Horror Novella, Serpent's Teeth (Avenger of the People), along with his acclaimed short story, Bradbury County, are now available in limited (signed and numbered) hardcover editions. 




Just email Rob at robshelsky.earthlink.net 

for information on how to order this superbly printed hardcover anthology of science fiction. Other authors included are Alastair Reynolds, Mary Rosenblum, Ian Watson, Howard V. Hendrix, Gerald W. Page, John C. Snider, Henry Kuttner, Robert A. Madle, S. P. Somtow, Jerry L. Burge, Jana G. Oliver, Rob Shelsky, Christina Barber, Chesya Burke, A. A. Attanasio, Michael Bishop, P. M. Griffin, Wm. Michael Mott, Wendy Webb, Jason Sizemore, Eugie Foster, Lawrence Barker, and many more. Lavishly illustrated by some of today's hottest artists.
 
Limited Edition extras include: autographs by Jack McDevitt, Gerald W. Page, and Michael Bishop; postcard featuring art by Mike Bohatch autographed by the artist; bookmark autographed by Mary Rosenblum; and additional original fiction and art by Paul Park, Henry Kuttner, Mark Helwig and others.
 
This anthology includes the short story "Tinenac" by scifidimensions.com editor John C. Snider, based on Byron Merritt's winning synopsis,

Get your signed limited edition today, just $49.99 including shipping.  Just email Rob for your copy at:

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Aliens On The Moon?

After researching the evidence on this subject for a number of years now, I can't help but believe there is some compelling information to support the idea there could well be, or have been, aliens on the Moon. At the very least, they seem to have watched/observed and dogged our space program, including the landings on the Moon by the Apollo teams. Too many astronauts have said too much on this subject to think otherwise. Too many others having worked for, or subcontracted to NASA also say much the same thing. Photographic evidence (including clearly airbrushed photos from NASA) also hints strongly at this. 

So what does it mean? If aliens are now, or have been on the Moon in our past, if they are "watching us," then the question has to be why? Why are doing this? Are they, as some insist, organized into their own version of our military industrial complex? Are they infiltrating and/or have already infiltrated our governmental structures either directly or indirectly by their menacing presence? Some people, and they are just "fringe elements," think this is so. 

And how about the idea the Moon may be hollow? Is there really any evidence for that? It would seem there is and much more than I thought! And that's why I decided to write a book specifically on this subject.

For The Moon Is Hollow And "They" Rule The Sky is written specifically with all these questions in mind. I attempt to ask all the questions, supply evidence on each of the subtopics, and attempt to draw some conclusions from all of this. This book might be considered a sequel to "DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON "They" Are Watching Us! But unlike that other book, which principally focuses on the idea of aliens and their implications for us here on Earth, this book focuses much more on the Moon itself, and the implications of an alien presence there and perhaps elsewhere in our solar system. I attempt to show the available evidence for the idea the Moon may be hollow, or at least with caverns suitable for alien bases. I show all aspects of the various origin theories of the Moon, how well each may apply and answer just how our Moon came to be, and what some of the drawbacks of each theory are, as well. 

This is meant to be an evenhanded look at the Moon, and many aspects about it. Of course, I have my own conclusions, based on the available evidence, and I include them in the book. 

So watch for For The Moon Is Hollow And "They" Rule The Sky. Debuting in mid-December, this book should be a fascinating look at all things "Moon." And if you think you've heard it all, well you definitely haven't! There is much more to all this than meets the eye.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


"There exists a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself."


—Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Friday, November 8, 2013

Coming Soon, Rob Shelsky's new book on the Hollow Moon Theory, titled, For The Moon Is Hollow And Aliens Rule The Sky! Sound crazy? Sound unbelievable? So the author thought, as well, until he began delving into the idea, assembling evidence (both pro and con) on the subject. The result is For The Moon Is Hollow And Aliens Rule The Sky.This book is a comprehensive look at the idea of a hollow moon, aliens, and just how likely such a scenario is. Author Rob Shelsky draws on multiple sources to argue his case. And you might just be surprised how many sources there are! And if you don't think there is ample evidence to support such an idea, think again! Don't miss, For The Moon Is Hollow  And Aliens Rule The Sky, debuting at the end of November, 2013! Once you've read this book, you'll never view the moon the same way again!