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Journey into the Oort Cloud.

by Grahame R. Smith

25th January 2020

Hello, fellow SciFi readers. In this novel, I have given free rein to my interest in the outer solar system. There are many areas in astronomy which have interested me greatly. One is the early universe, and in my novels, Journey to the Dawn of Time and No More Moon in the Water I have brought this into the narrative through a planet called Sphinx of the Folly system. In my last two published novels Flower-of-Sands and Journey into the Oort Cloud I have indulged my interest in the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud. Flower-of-Sands features Pluto and its moon Charon. One of the characters, Venetia, is in honour of Venetia Burney, who, in 1930, at the age of 11 is credited with coming up with the name Pluto. (Incidentally, many feel that Pluto and its five moons should be regarded as a mini-system on the edge of the Kuiper Belt and that Pluto and Charon should be regarded as a binary. Space-geek thing.) In Journey into the Oort Cloud, I feature the dwarf planet Makemake and the planetoid Sedna which is seriously in the outer reaches of the solar system. From then on in, its sci-fi-fantasy with layers of characters and aliens. A central character is Dr Venetia Woods, astrophysicist and authority on the outer system, who heads the science team on a follow-up, rescue mission into the Oort Cloud. Travelling with Venetia is her close friend Arabella who comes from the Triangulum galaxy - and then there is Aaliyah, a soul-mate from across aeons of time and space. The novel is full of adventures, challenging relationships, and strange and perilous encounters. I put this book out there for people to enjoy. So far most have done so, and I hope you do, and I hope that continuous.