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Number 672, May 27, 2012

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Reading Room: Vampire Planet?
by Ken Holder

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Vampire Planet?
by P. Scott Williams
Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2011

277 pages $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-4628-9883-1
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It seems to get off to a slow start with the interesting twist on where vampires came from (and why) which has to be explained. But after that it is an entertaining story. And gives a low-key but believable illustration of a libertarian society and a libertarian crew on a starship flying to a nearby solar system. The passengers are all frozen, and the 8-person crew is thawed out in rotation a year at a time for the subjective-30-year trip.

All would go well except one of the crew has been replaced by a vampire. This brand of vampires are shockingly evil, so there are a few rather grim scenes. And then when the ship finally arrives at the destination... well read it and find out what happens.


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