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Date Night on Union Station

de E. M. Foner

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Kelly Frank is EarthCent's top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. The pay is horrible and she's in hock up to her ears for her furniture, which is likely to end up in a corridor because she's behind on rent for her room. Sometimes she has to wonder if the career she has put ahead of her personal life for fifteen years is worth it. When Kelly receives a gift subscription to the dating service that's rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, she decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. But as her dates go from bad to worse, she can only hope that the supposedly omniscient AI is planning a happy ending.… (més)
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Foner, E. M. Date Night on Union Station. EarthCent Ambassador No. 1. Paradise Pond Press, 2014.
E. M. Foner is one of those indie authors whose career has been oiled by easy self-publishing. Foner, an electrical engineer, began writing self-help computer repair books. Since 2014, he has been writing the now 18-book series that begin with Date Night on Union Station novella. Union Station is a huge interstellar trading hub. It is run by an almost omniscient AI and is inhabited by many different species, androids, and robots. Most humans now reside off-planet, after an unfortunate first-contact experience. Our heroine is Earth’s new ambassador to the station. She does what ambassadors usually do, help human businesses negotiate the complexities of interstellar trade. The plot begins when her impish nieces sign her up for a multispecies dating event arranged by the station AI. RomCom ensues with the emphasis on Com. It is a feel-good story that would work well as a television cartoon series. It is a bon-bon—not very filling or good for you, but tasty. 3 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Jun 2, 2021 |
The cover of this book is both deceiving and accurate - the cover has the look of a romance or a comedy, but this book is both those, and more. I say it is deceiving because those types of genre can dominate the material, but in this case, they are flavoring.

I am not quite sure how I feel about farcical science fiction, which holds a decent niche in the science fiction genre. For that reason, I didn't know if I was interested in this book, but after reading a few reviews, that the book was not what they expected, I decided to give it a try. I found that there are indeed farcical elements, but they were sufficiently balanced by reality that I was not off put.

One of the biggest things going for this book is the length. It is a quick read, that I took my time completing. The book alternates between two main characters, and their development. Each one has signed up for a dating service run by the artificial intelligence that for a mysterious reason has taken humanity under its wing. Both of these plot points form an interesting dynamic that is resolved at the end of the book.

I really like this book because it deals with normal people and their routines of living in a future time period. There is some interaction with other species, primarily the Stryx, which are the aforementioned artificial intelligence that has been sheltering humanity, and providing a route for the human species to become acclimated with other cultures and civilizations in the universe.

I will probably read the sequel - I understand that Foner has written many due to the success of this first volume. I may also look into Foner's other work. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
Hilarious fluff. Likable characters, nothing particularly crude, and a gosh-that's-nice-ending. ( )
  garyrholt | Nov 5, 2020 |
I highly recommend the EarthCent book series. Very enjoyable stories and lots of fun characters - love the various alien species! I especially recommend it to anyone who loves reading series books and getting to know characters over a span of time. ( )
  bettyetters | Sep 13, 2020 |
One of my editors said "hey this is free for Kindle for now and oh, it's funny!" So I downloaded it. It was well worth the read, and great for the camper. I was amused by the two main characters and laughed when they finally met. I didn't really see anything coming, which was fun. All and all, it was worth checking out. ( )
  AshleighDJCutler | May 12, 2020 |
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Kelly Frank is EarthCent's top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. The pay is horrible and she's in hock up to her ears for her furniture, which is likely to end up in a corridor because she's behind on rent for her room. Sometimes she has to wonder if the career she has put ahead of her personal life for fifteen years is worth it. When Kelly receives a gift subscription to the dating service that's rumored to be powered by the same benevolent artificial intelligence that runs the huge station, she decides to swallow her pride and give it a shot. But as her dates go from bad to worse, she can only hope that the supposedly omniscient AI is planning a happy ending.

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