Readers' Comments

Comments by Lawrence Payne

I really did find Twillinger's Voyage thoroughly enjoyable! This is the type of book I'll read over and over.

Comments by Bruce Davis

I did give it to my fifteen year old son to read. He's quite sophisticated in his scifi reading, having already devoured David Brin's Uplift series, much classic Heinlein and Niven and his own forays into Douglas Adams. He liked it very much… He found the final confrontation quite enjoyable and 'the best part of the book'.

I think rather that the thoughtful treatment of a human struggling to learn an alien culture is not what people have come to expect from science fiction… It's not about whiz-bang technology, although there is some of that; it's not really about conflict, although there is much of that also. It's about self discovery in an alien setting, a difficult trick to pull off and harder for some people to read.

Comments by Dennis Murray

I loved it! It is a great read and a great piece of classic science fiction, in the Arthur C. Clarke tradition. It uses a consistently applied clever twist in the ordinary landscape to show us things we take for granted. It asks us to think about them differently. I consider such books a gift, and I am delighted to have another one. I have a poor memory but the book made vivid impressions and I find myself visualizing scenes from it and letting the sense of it percolate in me. I love the color art on the cover and I am sorry that all the art is not in color. The story line and details amaze me because I know how hard it is to do, yet you have made it flow easily. I liked the many times when the elders let Jerry experience and grow. I particularly liked the open end.

There are many good things to say about the book and about the ideas brought to life in the book…not only do you have a "first book" you have a classic, a rich, deep working of particulars and generals.

Mini-review by Trudy Ditmar

Twillinger's Voyage sets forth the journey of healing and growth--of self-realization, nay self-actualization--of one Earthling space sojourner in the sometimes quirky and funky, always elaborately fascinating world of the zini, a furry, wise, humane, and sometimes chillingly smart little people whose advanced civilization pre-dates ours by millions of years. When he lands on what he takes to be an asteroid he's sick from too many years at low gravity, his prospects for healing bleak. As it turns out, the "asteroid" is in fact Zeefour, a zini counterplanet, and confronted with one of its inhabitants Jerry Twill greets him in typical Earthling style (a style the zini deem barbarian) with a weapon in his hand. But weapons of violence play only a small part in the story about to unfold. Following this initial encounter, Jerry Twill wakes in state of amnesia to find himself in an amazing little man-made world of mists, meadows, and mountains, occupied by a society in which everyone has a constructive role--a meaning and purpose--as they work to constantly renew their world. Here he embarks on a personal transformation, undergoing a gamut of adjustments from physical to spiritual, to end up ultimately effecting a meeting between his old, native culture and his new, adopted one.

Simultaneously an adventure story, a story of self-discovery, and a speculation on the nature of civilized life, the book is riveting for its intricate creation of a whole world, including its physical, social, philosophical, and intellectual aspects, all of which are intriguing to entertain.

Comments by Don Adams

Loved it. Had a big smile on my face for several weeks as I read it. It reminded me of Arthur Clark, like Rama, but even sweeter. I had a wonderful time with Jerry and his movement through the zini culture. The only place I got lost was in the Zini psycho-physics. Mainly because I was hooked on the plot and did not want to spend time figuring the einsteinian string theory out while I was yearning to find out what was going to happen…. You have had a gorgeous baby here. Congratulations

Micro-review by Jacob Hesse

Also, if you have not done so, read Dan Turner's "Twillinger's Voyage"… I sure loved that story. Liked it so much, my rear end fell asleep one night, as I read the whole thing through. I understand it's up for review, and if it doesn't make it, I'm gonna take to the streets with a lead pipe.

Comments by Joanne Jaffe

I just finished reading Twillinger's Travels and wanted to write to you immediately to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I got very fond of those zini and could happily have gone on learning more about them. Generally, I'm not a big sci fi buff, but your tale had so many other dimensions that the story always held my attention. I loved the details about the landscape and cuisine especially, and Twillinger's friendship with the wid, about whom I would have been glad to know more. Perhaps there's a sequel in store? My boyfriend who IS a scifi reader upon occasion also read and enjoyed the book immensely.

I liked the illustrations too, and would have been happy to see yet more of them. I hope the book has an enormous success, and that you write many others as well…many thanks for a very good read,