Lightwood Spotlights Dim Stars, a novel by Brian Rubin

Dim Stars, a novel of outer space shenanigans by Brian Rubin

This new comedic, sci-fi young adult (YA) novel is published by Critical Eye Publishing and is available as a trade paperback $14.99 and as an ebook $4.99. The plot is fast-paced and filled with twists that keeps the reader turning pages. Its humor unfolds in outlandish action, totally plausible for its genre and setting, and in rapid-fire dialogue with a full share of wit and snarkiness, reminiscent of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Brian’s writing is smooth and the character of Kenzie Washington is engaging. Lightwoodpress recommends Dim Stars for those adult and young adult readers who want a galactic roller-coaster ride and a fun read.—Laurence Carr, publisher, 

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Kenzie Washington, fourteen-year-old girl genius, signs up for a two-week tour as a cadet on the spaceship of her idol, Captain Dash Drake. Too bad Dash, who once saved the galaxy from the evil Forgers, is a broke loser and much less than meets the eye. But when an intergalactic evil appears and launches an attack, Dash, Kenzie, and the ship’s crew escape, making them the next target. On the run and low on gas, Dash and Kenzie encounter cannibal space-pirates, catastrophic equipment failure, and a cyborg who’s kind of a jerk. Kenzie is determined to discover the bad guys’ secret plan. But for her to succeed, Dash needs to keep his brilliant, annoying cadet from getting killed…which is a lot harder than it sounds.


author Brian Rubin

Praise for Dim Stars

In his debut novel, Dim Stars, Brian Rubin blends the wonder of Douglas Adams, the imagination of Terry Pratchett, and the humor of John Scalzi to create a story that is extremely engaging. —David Gallaher, author of The Only Living Girl 

Witty and whimsical, but at the same time sharp and thoughtful, Brian Rubin’s debut novel, Dim Stars, is a non-stop, uproarious romp through deep space that will have you holding your breath one minute and gasping between giggles the next. —Sarah Hanley, author of Matka, 2019 Minnesota Author Project Winner 

Dim Stars contains everything you could want in a space adventure: an octopus first mate, cannibal space pirates, and alien siblings. Rubin’s wild imagination ignites the story with witty banter and nimble plot twists; this book is pure and utter delight. —Kaethe Schwehn, author of The Rending and the Nest 

With Dim Stars, Rubin has choreographed a glorious, interstellar dance of lively vernacular and pulpy technobabble that is guaranteed to gratify any fan of farcical adventure on far-off worlds. —Chris Lockey, Writer/Producer for Critical Role 

Dim Stars is a fun and energizing sci-fi story. Brian Rubin’s writing is crisp and witty, and his complex characters will stick with you in your own journeys right here on Earth. —Amanda June Bell, News Editor, TV Guide 

Dim Stars is a hilarious, action-filled space adventure. The story is a reminder that sometimes when things look bleak, we realize we’ve had the strength to persevere all along. And Brian Rubin’s comic timing is impeccable. —Kate Allen, author of The Line Tender, 2020 Minnesota Book Award Winner 

Dim Stars mixes the colorful charm of Guardians of the Galaxy with the earnest redemption of Galaxy Quest. It’s for everyone that looks at the night sky with wonder—especially those that have forgotten to do so in a while. —Lawrence Sonntag, producer 

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