The Future Is Short: Science Fiction in a Flash

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Here is flash science fiction at its finest—swift to read but long remembered. 57 amazing speculative fiction capsules that transport you into thrilling worlds of imagination and ideas, suggesting that everything is possible—aliens, time travel, other worlds, and the mysteries of Earth—in breathtakingly fresh combinations. The perfect companion for a quick break or a relaxing afternoon. More

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Review by: Ami Hart on July 20, 2014 :
I enjoy reading short stories as much as I do writing them. They are a fun escape from our busy, busy lives, giving us a taste of another world, or an interesting character and providing a simple yet often thought-provoking narrative. This is a collection of 57 short stories, all of them are under 725 words. There are some fantastic stories in this collection that I enjoyed immensely and there are more than a few 5 star reads in here. A few of my favorites are: Town Line Road by Jot Russell- A man circles back to the defining point in his life only to make a shocking realization. The amazingly strange life form in 'The Daughter' by J F Williams was also a standout in it's sensual but creeptasticly gooey imagery. Alternately the chilling and intensely disturbing Psychopomp by Thaddeus Howze made shivers run down my spine (I liked it!). The morbidly hilarious- Did Curiosity Kill the Cat by Andy Lake left me in shock-horror-OMG-chuckles. Everyman Dies, But Not Everyman Lives by Mike Boggia was another stand out too- showing the importance of offering simple kindness to others even when one faces adversity and/or certain death. The dark and richly crafted world of Becoming Again by J J Alleson made me want to read more and more. Fox, Cat, Fireworks by Jeremy Lichtman was a slice of Tesla inspired cat and mouse fun, and Tom Tinney's Beta test was another favorite giving us a fun Science fiction slant on the familiar Noah's ark story. I devoured this collection in two easy to digest sittings. It gave me a chance to put my feet up and zoom away, enabling me to quickly visit multiple worlds. If you enjoy short-short stories check this out, maybe your favorites will be different than mine, but that's the beauty of it, with 57 stories by 31 authors - there is likely something here for everyone who enjoys a spot of short speculative fiction.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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