The Darkest Side of Saturn by Tony Taylor
Odyssey of a Reluctant Prophet of Doom

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"To classify this novel as simply science fiction would be a grand disservice: It’s an apocalyptic thriller, a powerful romance, a cautionary tale about religious fanaticism, and, above all else, a disturbingly insightful self-examination of humankind and our apparent decline into a society powered by apathy, ignorance, and intolerance."
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"It’s 1997 at a mountaintop observatory in Southern California where spacecraft navigator Harris Mitchel and astronomer Diana Muse-Jones discover a dangerous asteroid which may hit the earth within two decades. As the asteroid tumbles through space towards an uncertain impact, Harris and Diana fight bitterly over how to announce their discovery.

When Harris goes public to a skeptical world—at the cost of his and Diana’s careers—he sends their already turbulent relationship into a blaze of conflicting passions. As his notoriety builds, a fanatical preacher and his unhinged followers stalk him while an obnoxious radio personality provides disruptive help. Harris becomes an unwilling Pied Piper for his own overzealous followers hungry for belief and eager for guidance into an uncertain and tumultuous future.

In this science fiction drama the characters battle each other in contests of Damn your world view! against a background of hard science, religion, romance, metaphysical speculation, and the forces of nature versus human passions and dreams. Meanwhile an asteroid hurtles through the solar system and global salvation or disaster hangs in the balance.

“A courageous and visionary work … an instant classic.”
—BlueInk Reviews"
 

About Tony Taylor

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Tony Taylor spent a long career navigating NASA spacecraft?including Voyager, Cassini, Mars Polar Lander, Galileo, and MESSENGER?to every planet in the solar system. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned an MS in physics from the University of Arizona. Tony and his wife, Jan, live in Sedona, Arizona.
 
Published July 7, 2014 by iUniverse. 492 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jan 30 2015

Layered characterizations become flat archetypes, and the women—including, most disappointingly, Diana—become either leering seductresses or angelic stay-at-home wives and mothers. The book’s unfocused attempts at humor sometimes succeed but mostly fail.

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BlueInk Review

Excellent
on Jul 14 2014

"To classify this novel as simply science fiction would be a grand disservice: It’s an apocalyptic thriller, a powerful romance, a cautionary tale about religious fanaticism, and, above all else, a disturbingly insightful self-examination of humankind and our apparent decline into a society powered by apathy, ignorance, and intolerance."

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