Science Fiction Shorts

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A collection of science fiction Short Stories of people dealing the consequences of genomic engineering, intended or natural.

Available ebook formats: epub

Words: 17,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310186394
About E L Russell

Educated in mathematics and trained in research, I have spent ten years researching and writing White Papers for corporations on emerging technologies. My current writings reflect an eclectic interest in the impact these new technologies may impose on individuals and social groups. My latest research into programming genetic code and brain development has led three series of Science Fiction techno thrillers about reprogramming the human genome and micro genome by the next species of human: Homo Evolutis.
My wife, E C Russell is my co-writer and developmental editor. Our stories cover the spectrum from YA to NA.
Each series of novels is supported by several short stories and stand alone novellas that depict people dealing with the personal and social consequences of their emergence into a new human species, Homo Evolutis. With the ability to re-program inheritable genetic code and acquired immunity to disease, Evolutis fulfills its destiny as the first species to be self-healing and self-evolving. Through logical extensions of genomic science, new powers emerge, including the ultimate social-network and possibility of immortality.
The Evolutis Rising Series: Deadly Awakenings, Deadly Discovery, and Deadly Conflict tell the story of the emergence and self-discovery of Evolutis through the experiences of a scientific community.
The Cohort Series: OnSet, ReSet, and MindSet tell the story of Chloe, a young athlete and medical student, paralyzed from the waist down in a bike accident fearful that the voices she hears means she has onset schizophrenia, discovers the ability to heal herself and others with her mind. A science fiction medical thriller follows the emergence of Homo Evolutis from a medical perspective.
The Seeker Series: three novels involving time and space travel follow the story of nineteen year old Finna from the day she wins the squire’s tournament held in Vézelay, France, 1145, to become one of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine’s 300 women warriors in the Second Crusade. As Finna the Seeker, she survives feudal combat, the plague, and trials of travel and adventure through 600 years. She endures to take her role as a leader of a new species of human, Homo Evolutis, into the galaxy to combating galactic corporations and rogue elements seeking control over people and resources.

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Review by: Graham Downs on Aug. 31, 2016 :
Meh.

This is ostensibly (according to the introduction by the author) a collection of science fiction short stories. Really, though, most of them are more flash-fiction in length. While most of them have to do with genetics in some way, there are also some stories which are of a completely different genre.

It's a real hodge-podge. I didn't LOVE any of the stories, but some I liked more than others. My favourite was a detective story about someone poisoning the water, which I was enjoying until it abruptly ended with no denouement whatsoever. I was quite disappointed at that.

There was one point in that story where I had to chuckle, though. Our hero's name is Dick. So far, so good, until he meets up with his old friends Tom and Harry. I mean, really? I didn't chuckle in a good way - it was clearly not intended to be humorous since it was the only funny moment in that story. Other stories have characters whose names I thought were equally unimaginative.

Editing needs some work too, with typos and incorrectly used words all over the place.

And then, of course, there's my biggest bugbear in an e-book: the Smashwords Edition I read had no linked Table of Contents. That's annoying at the best of times, but in a collection of stories? Unforgivable.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

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