I have a confession to make:
I am an alien. I was born in Athens, Greece when my mother and father
were stationed over there, about thirty-nine years ago. To paraphrase
Robert Heinlein, "they were strangers in a strange land."
In Alien Fringe,
LoBuono's stories, the characters are angry, disenfranchised, humorous,
heroic, paranoid, and tragic. We see their worlds as a working-class
universe, from tree planters in Clearcuts, to
struggling artists searching for adventure in Indonesia in
Nobodies, to homeless people looking for a little nourishment
in A Memory of Small Mercies.
LoBuono observes his
characters from an odd-angle lens: whether they are aliens from another
world or men and women who are simply alienated from society. It's a
refreshing journey to visit with these people. Their dreams, triumphs,
and struggles against the status quo that constantly collide with their
universe. Yet, most of them survive.
In For the Love of
Ami we see a love story from a distance. A simple gesture or
a smile becomes a danger in a world, where misunderstandings lead to
disaster. It's a sad reminder but the smile remains as a measure of the
only love a person can offer.
After reading George
LoBuono's Alien Fringe, you'll gain a new
perspective of the universe. People are not as different as they seem
to be, whether from Florida, the Pacific Northwest, Indonesia or the
Martian Sea, now living in Los Angeles. We're all part of this body
eclectic called earth.
~ Joel L. Young, Author
This collection of
mainstream, philosophical stories and poems is imaginatively done. If
you're looking for a well-written non-genre book, by all means try Alien
Fringe. The stories will stay in your mind long after you
finish reading them.
~ Jane Toombs, Mainstream
Alien Fringe by G. LoBuono is a highly
entertaining collection of fiction. For the Fiction collector, Alien
Fringe is a must. On those dreary days when you want to curl
up in front of the fire and read, you'll be able to pull down one of
your favorites. Escape reality and imagine the world as it could be,
one unbelievable challenge after another.
~ Kim Gaona, Kim’s Reviews