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Stopover Planet   By: (1924-1993)

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Stopover Planet by Robert E. Gilbert is a riveting science fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through unexplored territories of space. The story is set in a future where space travel and colonization have become a reality for humanity.

The protagonist, Jack Loftus, is a seasoned explorer who finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet known as Limbo. This desolate and seemingly abandoned world challenges Jack’s survival skills and forces him to confront his deepest fears. Gilbert’s vivid descriptions of the planet create a chilling atmosphere, making readers feel as if they are right there with Jack, experiencing the harsh conditions and unknown dangers.

One of the key strengths of Stopover Planet lies in its well-developed characters. Jack Loftus is a complex and relatable protagonist, carrying the weight of his past mistakes and personal demons. As the story progresses, he evolves, growing stronger both physically and emotionally. The supporting cast adds depth to the narrative, each character bringing a unique perspective and set of skills to the table.

The pacing of the novel is another commendable aspect. Gilbert adeptly balances moments of intense action with quieter, introspective scenes, allowing readers to catch their breath while still keeping them engaged. The author's writing style is straightforward yet compelling, creating a sense of urgency that propels the story forward.

Furthermore, Stopover Planet explores important themes such as isolation, redemption, and the impact of past choices. Through Jack's experiences, Gilbert forces readers to confront their own fears and reflect on the consequences of their actions. This thought-provoking element adds depth to the narrative and elevates the book above a mere action-packed space adventure.

Although Stopover Planet is a highly enjoyable read, there are a few minor drawbacks. Certain plot twists may feel predictable to experienced science fiction readers, while others may find the ending slightly rushed. However, these flaws do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

In conclusion, Stopover Planet is a captivating novel that offers a thrilling blend of adventure and introspection. With its well-crafted characters, immersive world-building, and thought-provoking themes, Robert E. Gilbert delivers a science fiction tale that will keep readers engrossed from the first page to the last. Whether you are an avid fan of the genre or simply seeking an enthralling story, Stopover Planet is a worthy addition to any science fiction library.

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By Robert E. Gilbert

Early morning deliveries were part of the Honeychile Bakery Service. But on this particular morning the service was reversed!

At 2:34 a.m., Patrolman Louis Whedbee left the Zip Cab station. With arch supports squeaking and night stick swinging, Whedbee walked east to the call box at the corner of Sullivan and Cherokee. The traffic signal suspended above the intersection blinked a cautionary amber. Not a car moved on the silent streets.

Whedbee reached for the box. Then he swore softly and stepped off the curb. "Pardon me," he said, for he believed that a policeman should be courteous at all times, even when arresting a school zone speedster. This, however, was not a speedster. It seemed to be a huge man standing on top of a truck and cutting down the stop light. "What's going on here?" Whedbee asked.

HONEYCHILE BAKERY was advertised on the side of the truck. Instinctively, Whedbee jammed his whistle in his mouth when he realized that the man on the truck wore something like a suit of long underwear made of improbable black fur sprinkled with tiny red spots.

"What are you doing to the stop light?" Whedbee demanded.

The amber light quit blinking without the expected electrical display... Continue reading book >>

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