Review: One’s Aspect to the Sun by Sherry Ramsey

One's AspectBlurb from Amazon: Captain Luta Paixon of the far trader Tane Ikai needs to know why she looks like a woman in her thirties-even though she’s actually eighty-four. She isn’t the only one desperate for that information. The explanation might lie with her geneticist mother, who disappeared over sixty years ago, but even if her mother is still alive, it’s proving to be no small task to track her down in the vast, wormhole-ridden expanse of Nearspace. With the ruthless PrimeCorp bent on obtaining Luta’s DNA at any cost, her ninety-year-old husband asking for one last favor, and her estranged daughter locking horns with her at every turn, Luta’s search for answers will take her to the furthest reaches of space-and deep inside her own heart.

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One’s Aspect to the Sun is the first book in Sherry D. Ramsey’s Nearspace Trilogy. It is based on a future where space travel is routine and the science to make immortality a reality is big business.

Science fiction or speculative fiction is not my first choice of reads, but I found this well written story completely captivating and hard to put down. Not only is the world building phenomenal, it is filled with mystery and family secrets.

The characters all had their own interesting backgrounds and stories, whether they were the ship’s crew or her own family members, even other species that exist in this universe.

I was thoroughly drawn into Ramsey’s world, a universe that is extensively detailed and captivating with planets, wormholes leading to other galaxies and pinholes.

The main character, Luta Paixon is the captain of an intergalactic cargo trader. She is a very real, believable character who prefers jeans and a t-shirt to a biosuit. We come to learn of her struggles as a mother, a daughter and a wife, all made more complicated by the fact that she does not look her age.

Luta does her best to evade PrimeCorp, a mega corporation that wants her DNA. In the meantime, she desperately continues the search for her mother in the hopes of finding answers.

When she finally gets a major lead to her mother’s whereabouts she must dodge PrimeCorp. To complicate things, her husband is dying, and his last wish is to make one final trip into space. He does not expect to come back.

Wonderfully written, I give One’s Aspect to the Sun five stars.

Next week I will follow up with a review of the second book in the Nearspace series, Dark Beneath the Moon. Read about it on Amazon here.

Now is the perfect time to get your hands on these books. Sherry has just released the third book in the series, Beyond the Sentinel Stars.

Sherry D. Ramsey is a speculative fiction writer, editor, publisher, creativity addict and self-confessed Internet geek. When she’s not writing, she makes jewelry, gardens, hones her creative procrastination skills on social media, and consumes far more coffee and chocolate than is likely good for her.

Her books include One’s Aspect to the Sun (named Speculative Fiction Book of the Year for 2014 by the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta); a sequel, Dark Beneath the Moon; a new middle grade fantasy, The Seventh Crow; the urban fantasy The Murder Prophet; and To Unimagined Shores—Collected Stories. With her partners at Third Person Press, she has co-edited five anthologies of regional short fiction to date. A member of the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia Writer’s Council, Sherry is also a past Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer of SF Canada, Canada’s national association for Speculative Fiction Professionals.

Sherry lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, children, and dogs. You can visit her online at, find her on Facebook, and keep up with her much more pithy musings on Twitter @sdramsey.



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