The Shifty Captive-The Mastiff


Meet the Mastiff from The Shifty Captive
Age: 300
Nationality: Ilan
“Finding an heir should be your main priority, or we’ll make your line extinct.”

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Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne

3 out of 5

This classic scifi is a family story that couldn’t be written today. Either the Uncle who drags his reluctant nephew on a dangerous expedition would be guilty of child endangerment or the nephew would old enough to stand his ground and say “no.”
I get the impression he’s no longer a minor, but not quite independent because of his culture’s norms. The Journey is interesting and has creative imagery but the world inside the Earth is not so impressive when we know there would only be a magma core thanks to modern science. Though Jules Verne impresses me with his inventativeness.

 

Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein

3 out of 5

This book is more about concept than character. A teenage boy becomes a settler on Jupiter and needs to learn the skills it takes to survive. The setting and the technology is more developed than his character which is more about what it takes to survive in such extreme conditions than having a developed identity in and of itself. Lovers of hard sci-fi will love it while other readers may wish the boy had more of a story and personality of his own.

The Shifty Captive-Wilbur Sketon

Wilbur Skelton acts as a “contractor” in The Shifty Captive.

Name: Wilbur Skelton
Age: 60
Nationality: Ilan
Name: Wilbur Skelton
Age: 60
Nationality: Ilan
Quote: “Amateur naturalists and museums like to collect the bones of ethnic peoples…I moved into servicing that market when the Cemeteries Act messed up my resurrectionist work.”