Island of Clouds

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Island of Clouds

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April, 1972. Three legendary astronauts embark on man’s boldest space voyage yet—a yearlong mission to fly past our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus.

Island of Clouds, the first full-length novel in the Altered Space series, is a gripping space epic based on NASA mission proposals from the late 1960s. Touching on literary influences ranging from Borges and Bukowski to the Book of Job, this story of exploration also offers a literary probing of the dark reaches of human nature: alcoholism, capitalism, authority, fatherhood, and the ephemeral nature of desire.

"Authenticity rings from every page of Island of Clouds: a strange thing to say of a novel about a NASA mission that never happened--set in a looking-glass version of 1972, in which no one died in the Apollo 1 fire and LBJ is still president--but accurate nonetheless. It's an authenticity that comes from Brennan's assiduous research, but also from a generous imagination that takes in the character of individual astronauts, the sublime wonder of space travel, and the profound questions that it inspires about free will, responsibility, and the nature of reality. The result is an engrossing alternate-history technothriller that abundantly earns its epigraphs from Borges." - Martin Seay, author, The Mirror Thief

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