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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
Teal Dissociated is the title of a new novella by Clabe Polk. Teal is the name of the planet on which the story is set and is derived from the color of the blue-green ocean that covers most of its surface. It is a beautiful planet considered suitable for human habitation but thought to be devoid of indigenous life forms. That is until a hovercraft tasked with distributing exploratory sonar buoys in the normally placid ocean is destroyed by a massive tsunami - an event that initiates an extraordinary chain of events. Devon Traxler, the only survivor of the hovercraft incident, is washed up relatively unharmed but, inexplicably, is found to be pregnant. The entire human colony on Teal has been suffering from nightmares, and as Devon’s own nightmare images are analyzed, a whole new truth about planet Teal begins to emerge.
Author Clabe Polk has managed to pack a great deal into Teal Dissociated. In its pages, he has developed a creative plot peopled by solid, believable characters set in a well-thought-out planetary environment. The narrative moves along at a brisk pace but not overly so considering the brevity of the piece. In no way does the storyline feel rushed or lacking in any detail. It is an extraordinary achievement by a talented author of great skill and imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed Teal Dissociated and was greatly impressed with the concepts presented, particularly the alternative DNA structures postulated in the tale. Highly recommended - this story deserves a broad readership.