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Title: Fathers and Demons ~ Glimpses of the Future

Amazon Author Page: Lorinda J. Taylor

Publication Date: April 5, 2015

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy



“All human beings must live with demons, but those demons are unusually powerful when they are summoned by the sort of catastrophe that happened aboard the Darter in 2761. No member of the crew completely escaped being affected, including the Engineer Cmdr. Ian Glencrosse. Nevertheless, when Capt. Nikalishin receives command of the first real interstellar mission under the new Phenix Project, he selects Ian Glencrosse to serve as his Chief Engineer; few experts in temporal quantum drive are still alive and Nikalishin and Glencrosse have become close friends. And in spite of (or perhaps because of) his own demons, Glencrosse accepts the appointment.

As the day approaches when the IS Ariana will depart for Epsilon Eridani, the crew takes leave time to attend the wedding of the Communications Officer, Lt. Avi Oman, and Capt. Mercedes Tulu, Administrative Aide to the Phenix Project’s Mission Director. Lt. Oman hails from the Istrian Judish Enclave, a place of origin mysterious to most 28th-century Earthers, and the visit proves to be an enlightening experience. What can we expect to have become of remnant religious populations in the humanist 28th century?

Cmdr. Glencrosse does not accompany his fellow crewmembers on this happy excursion. He has long been haunted by visions of a malevolent entity that inhabits the depths of space – the very entity he sees as responsible for destroying the Darter. Both his Captain and the team psychologist know about this aberration; in fact, Dr. Winehandle had at one time improvised an unfortunate nickname for the entity – “the god in the pod.”

While the Engineer’s peers think his delusions are under control, Ian still secretly believes in the reality of this demon space-god – that it disapproves of humans’ invasion of its territory and therefore has doomed the upcoming mission to destruction. Ian is convinced he will not survive the voyage and so he is heading home to Mitchican Prefecture, where he plans to confront his parents and make his peace after a long separation.”


I have been an avid reader of the series, The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, by Lorinda J. Taylor. I have read and reviewed part one, “Eagle Ascendant,” HERE and part two, “Wounded Eagle” HERE and part three, “Bird of Prey,” HERE, and part four, Survivor HERE. All of these reviews are searchable on

I’ve adored this series which is a deep character study of Captain Robbin Nikalishin’s experiences as a starship captain set far into the future. I was thrilled to find out that the author had penned an additional book which appeared to be an offshoot of the original series.

Fathers and Demons is a detailed chronicle of two characters from the series, Captain Robbin Nikalishin and his Chief Engineer, Ian Glencrosse who are survivors of the original Darter disaster. Both men have been scarred mentally and physically from their near-death experiences.

The men embark on a philosophical journey searching for the meaning of their experiences, exploring the future religions of Catholicism and Judaism as perceived by the author. The two men attempt to overcome their fear of a malicious entity they believe is waiting for them in deep space.

Now, I’d like to be clear. The descriptions of each religion are mostly fictional and based on the author’s interpretations of what she perceives to transfer into a future era. I do, however, acknowledge that much of the religious discussion is fact-based. In this way, the characters tend to explain some of the more detailed aspects of their own belief systems.

Taylor explains:

“The theme of fatherhood and the connections between fathers and gods form the mesh that binds the book together.  The most appropriate designation to accord this piece is speculative literary fiction; it is science fiction in that it takes place in a future time, at the very inception of interstellar travel, but it also deals with demons and gods that may or may not be real, introducing an element of the supernatural.”

(Taylor, Lorinda J. Fathers and Demons: Glimpses of the Future. Kindle Edition).

It is into this atmosphere that we meet our characters. Captain Robbie has limited religious training other than a few consultations with a Catholic Priest. Ian, the Chief Engineer has grown up under Judaism. Both men are searching for answers and as most humans do when they can’t find clarification, they turn to religion to help find those explanations. Adding to their turmoil, the men are conflicted by the relationships they had with their fathers.

This is not an action-packed novel, but I found the philosophical discussions to be most gratifying. I learned quite a bit about Judaism that I didn’t know. I would suggest reading the “Note from the Author,” at the beginning of the book to gain further insight into the creativity of this author.

I’m glad I waited to read this book long after I had finished the first four books of the series. I grew to love the characters from the series, so Fathers and Demons only added to my enjoyment.


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

About the Author, Lorinda J. Taylor

I’m a retired librarian who worked in academic libraries as a cataloger, and I live in Colorado Springs, CO.  Besides my MLS, I have a BA and an MA in English, and some work toward a Ph.D.

As a child, I was always making up imaginary worlds, but I didn’t start writing fantasy until I read “Lord of the Rings” in 1969 and discovered that even serious scholars like J.R.R. Tolkien can continue to create such worlds far into their adult lives.

I never was successful in getting published in those early days, however, and then family considerations forced me to take a hiatus from writing from 1983 until 2000. Since then, I’ve written a novella and several novels, and have begun to self-publish since I doubt that I can live long enough to go the old-fashioned route!

My interests include almost anything literary, scientific, or speculative — science fiction and fantasy, mythology, language (I write conlangs for my books), poetry, cosmology, astrophysics, anthropology, archaeology, entomology, ornithology …

Philosophically, I call myself a spiritual humanist.

Among my favorite authors are Ursula K. LeGuin, Tolkien (of course), Evangeline Walton, and many poets such as Robert Graves and Dylan Thomas.


How to Connect with the Author:

Blog – Ruminations of a Remembrancer at
(You can find free chapters on her website of Volume I of the Termite Queen).

Twitter – Lorinda J. Taylor @TermiteWriter

Facebook – Lorinda J. Taylor (Termite Writer)

Google+ – Lorinda J Taylor

hearts Thanks for stopping by to meet Lorinda and to hear about Fathers and Demons. This is an unusual read that I totally enjoyed. ❤

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