Temporary Planets for Transitory Days



Mykol Ranglen, the space explorer from In a Suspect Universe and The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes, has always written poetry—about his adventures, the worlds he’s visited, the people he’s loved, the ancient races that warred in his galaxy. His most private poems he’s kept to himself. But they are published here for the first time—and they show a man we’ve never met before.

Discover the fascination of what Ranglen has lived: mysteries of the planet Alchera, dreams of Old Earth, secrets and mistakes of the alien Airafane and their enemies the Moyocks, relationships that still haunt him (past lovers, and an unknown child), hints of a strange Deep Story—litanies of worlds, legends of space, triumphs, sorrows, regrets, joys, and the sheer wonder and terror of his universe.

All in his words.


What They’re Saying

“Adding layers of sublime romance, poetic whimsy and uncanny speculation to his already-amazing series of adventurous SF novels, Albert Wendland has given his fans the ultimate gift: a collection of awe-inspiring, chin-dropping SF poems, ostensibly produced by ‘Mykol Ranglen’ the title character of his other book, The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes. But you really don’t need to be familiar with the Wendland Universe to enjoy Temporary Planets—you’ll just need a transitory day or two to escape from the real world to relish and savor them.”
— Michael Arnzen, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Gorelets Omnibus

“This is a book of pan-galactic scope, at a minimum. It ranges from the haunting sadness of ‘Branch Line Stop’ and ‘Futures Past’ to the nicely comical ‘The Secrets of Earth’ and a score of meditative moods in between. I’m impressed by the novel choice to undertake a full-length collection of persona poems from a single fictional character’s imagined viewpoint. Bravo, that. The combination of the character, Mykol Ranglen, and the conceit of the collection allows the poet to address both the entire Universe and the particular literary genre of Science Fiction; and all of that is neatly personified in the other character in the collection: a metaphorically complex ‘You.'”—Timons Esaias, Award-winning author of Why Elephants No Longer Communicate in Greek

“…a collection of wonder, romance, and pure escapism, and its poems are beautiful examples of how language evokes the sublime. An absolute must-read!” —Stephanie M. Wytovich, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Apocalyptic Mannequin

“The rich storytelling potential of poetry is often overlooked but Wendland, despite being known primarily as a novelist, effortlessly taps into how verse cuts to the heart of our most vivid emotions. Rather than being blunted and diminished by the vastness of interstellar space his resonant, sonorous voice is amplified, echoing off damaged spacecraft and lonely moons to map all that we lose beyond our atmosphere, and all that makes for a life worth recounting. That Wendland has deftly distilled the inventive imagery and character insight of a sprawling, epic space opera into a single, captivating volume of poetry is a considerable feat.—John Edward Lawson, Rhysling Award and Dwarf Stars Award-nominated author of Bibliophobia



“In Wendland’s intricately plotted, character-driven debut, pulp exploration meets philosophical speculation, and a moralistic sensibility is fused with Philip K. Dick’s paranoid fantasies and Ray Bradbury’s awe of alien encounters.…Impending doom pervades ripping action scenes, the Lovecraftian theme of ancient warring aliens lends cosmic menace and authenticity to a grandiose mystery…deeply absorbing.”—Publishers Weekly starred review

“…shows a narrative energy and enthusiasm for the genre…there is an intriguing mystery subplot, and when the action picks up, readers will want to stay for the final act.”—Library Journal

“Inside are alien worlds and titanic space habitats and a brilliant and paranoid hero, all skillfully blended together with long-vanished galactic secrets.”—William H. Keith, New York Times Best Selling Author