Alister Bane is an ordinary, average, everyday college student who has just begun an adventure of extraordinary proportions. Compelled to flee his home universe by circumstances beyond his control, he finds himself in the company of the insatiably curious Professor Odd, a tentacle monster named Dave, and a talking dog. Together they travel the multi-verse in the Professor’s trans-dimensional ship, the Oddity, and Alister is brought along for the ride.
This time the Professor is in quest of good pizza and takes them to the strange world of Niatano, where the sun is red, the people are feathered dinosaurs, and everyone speaks Italian. Oh, and they are in danger of being killed by robots from outer space. No one is getting any pizza until that is taken care of…
Professor Odd: The Slowly Dying Planet is the second in a series of stories about Professor Odd, the first being Professor Odd: The False Student.
This eBook also contains two bonus interior illustrations by the author.
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The Author Says:
I’ve always loved the covers of old SF magazines. The stories inside… not always so much. But the covers always inspired me. One of my favorite motifs was the one with a gas giant hanging in the sky, and I began to wonder what kind of world would have such a thing.
Many hours of researching exoplanets and main sequence stars later I had the seed of a world. A world that wasn’t a planet, but the moon of a much bigger planet which was orbiting, not a bright yellow sun, but a dim red one. Thus was Niatano born. What came after (the aliens speaking Italian, the robots, the flying whales) was just the logical continuation of what was becoming my love letter to old fashioned sci-fi cover art. Seasoned sci-fi readers will, I hope, catch a few nods to the classic masters of science fiction; since those stories are indelibly linked to the artwork that so inspired me, it seemed only fitting that I pay my respects to them as well.