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Resurrection   By: (1933-1994)

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Resurrection by Robert Shea is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a journey through time and space. The story revolves around the theme of resurrection, questioning the boundaries between life and death, and exploring the moral implications of playing god.

The narrative is expertly crafted, alternating between different time periods and following multiple characters that are crucial to the plot. Shea's writing style is descriptive, immersing the reader in the various settings, whether it be a futuristic laboratory or a historical city in ancient Egypt. The author's attention to detail adds depth and authenticity to each scene, making it easy to visualize and engage with the story.

The characters in Resurrection are complex and well-developed, each with their own desires and motivations. The protagonist, Dr. Richard Lennan, is a brilliant but troubled scientist who becomes obsessed with the idea of resurrecting the dead. As he delves deeper into his research, he grapples with ethical dilemmas and the consequences of his actions. Lennan's internal struggle adds layers to the overall narrative, inviting readers to question their own beliefs and values.

One of the strengths of Shea's novel is its ability to tackle philosophical and moral issues with depth and nuance. The story raises profound questions about humanity's relationship with death and the implications of playing with the natural order of life. By intertwining historical events and scientific advancements, Resurrection explores the potential consequences of such experiments on both personal and global levels.

However, at times, the narrative may become complex and convoluted, with multiple subplots and twists that require the reader's full attention to follow. Some readers may find this challenging, while others may enjoy the intricacy of the storytelling. Additionally, Shea's writing occasionally leans towards technical jargon, which can be overwhelming for readers who are less familiar with scientific concepts.

In conclusion, Resurrection is a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating novel that explores profound questions about life, death, and the boundaries of human knowledge. Robert Shea's masterful storytelling and rich character development make for an engaging read. While it may be complex and occasionally inaccessible to some readers, those who appreciate philosophical exploration and scientific intrigue will find this book a rewarding and compelling journey.

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Robert J. Shea returns with this intriguing short short predicting a not too distant future where medicine, not content with stimulating life and new growth in people who had already died, goes on to further experiments which Baron von Frankenstein would have found interesting.



They had been cramped for space, him and his people. Obviously this new age had solved the problem better.

"You're a fascinating person," the girl said. "I've never met anyone like you before. Tell me your story again."

The man was short and stocky, with Asiatic features and a long, stringy mustache. "The whole story?" he asked. "It would take a lifetime to tell you." He stared out the window at the yellow sun and the red sun. He still hadn't gotten used to seeing two suns. But that was minor, really, when there were so many other things he had to get used to.

A robot waiter, with long thin metal tubes for arms and legs, glided over. When he'd first seen one of those, he'd thought it was a demon. He'd tried to smash it. They'd had trouble with him at first.

"They had trouble with me at first," he said.

"I can imagine," said the girl. "How did they explain it to you?"

"It was hard. They had to give me the whole history of medicine. It was years before I got over the notion that I was up in the Everlasting Blue Sky, or under the earth, or something... Continue reading book >>

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