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Rai Aren & Tavius E.
on Aug. 04, 2012 :
Entertaining sci-fi short story series - Sure-fire page-turners for fans of the genre!
Story #1 - Dark Matter
As a huge fan of anything sci-fi, be it books, movies, or TV, this title and cover immediately grabbed my attention.
The story takes us eight hundred years into the future, humanity has narrowly escaped its own self-destruction, and is now taking its first tentative steps further out into space. However, our inexperience and naiveté leads to our first wide-eyed explorers being woefully ill-prepared for what awaits them beyond our own solar system. A second, military, mission is launched to find the ship that disappeared. When they get to the last known position of the first ship, they quickly realize how incredibly outmatched they are. But in the midst of chaos they find someone who may be a friend…or not...
Story #2 - Scot Free
The story, Scot Free, further develops a fascinating android species and presents larger theories that I find very intriguing.
This new series is getting stronger as the world it unveils becomes more lush with philosophy and detail. The speed of events picks up as the crew we got to know in the last story, Dark Matter, finds themselves tumbling down the rabbit hole. Their mission is turning out nothing like they expected and the rules they learned to play by no longer apply. Moral ambiguity abounds. They are not in control of their circumstances and now must struggle to decide where they go from here. Far more advanced species are pulling the strings. The situations the human crew find themselves in are creepy and unsettling, leaving them to wonder who they can really trust.
Story #3 - Short Memory
This sci-fi short, the third in the Star Sails series, finds the crew of the SS Falcon heading home from deadly encounter in a hostile region of space. They had originally been sent on a salvage mission, when one of their own ships disappeared. Along the way they encountered enough mayhem, mystery, and adventure to last them a very long time. They also picked up an intriguing and charming new passenger. Now they are a little worse for wear and nursing a bloody nose. On the long, lonely journey home, they come across beacon, placed by a seemingly warm and welcoming species, beckoning them to their planet for some camaraderie and respite. They can't resist. I won't spoil it, but what happens next is a sure-fire page-turner!
Fans of things like Star Trek and Stargate will find this story right up their alley!
Story #4 - False Gods
The short story, False Gods, is the fourth in the Star Sails sci-fi series, and finds the human crew of the SS Falcon limping home after a terrible beating at the hands of an alien species. They are at an incredibly low point, desperate to return home to re-assess their mission and lick their wounds. Their desperation makes them an irresistible and somewhat easy target for a malevolent being that preys on their deepest beliefs and darkest fears. What price are they willing to pay to get what they want? Because it just might be everything.
False Gods is great sci-fi storytelling with tension, action, and philosophical issues. I am also fascinated by their rather mysterious passenger and really want to know more about his journey and where this series will take him. There is great potential there. I truly hope there will be more stories in this series.
Overall, I found the Star Sails series instantly addictive and entertaining. I look forward to more of them, I'm hooked!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)