13 Short stories (under 1000 words)
From The Ravenous Undead:
“Bones crunch and flesh is ripped apart. Then when they are dead, their mutilated remains are discarded for these undead feed only upon living flesh…”
was pulled right into the story from the opening sentences:
“Merx drop. Everyone down! Incoming!” The older gray haired woman stood four lengths behind the teenage boy. She held a forced propulsion weapon on her shoulder and aimed it at an incoming Ven supply transport.”
That tells me a lot. There is an attack going on and it’s dangerous. An older woman is holding a propulsion weapon which she aims at the enemy’s (Ven) transport.”
Now, that’s exciting. I’m interested immediately. I can visualize it. What better opening than that?
But it’s not just action. I felt for the characters. And I think they were depicted exactly right for a short story.
I cared about them. I was moved when Merx rescues Henessa. The characters had a real feel to them and being likeable, I was moved to caring about this battle of theirs.
Theirs is a very unique world, they’re enough like us for us to identify with them but different enough to be extremely interesting what with the different sorts of life styles and ESP.
I care enough to read more. This author got the balance right, too in my opinion. It was interesting sci-fi--new and different and very readable.
I loved it.