The Future is Short - Science Fiction in a Flash - Volume 2

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Science fiction anthology of microstories (flash fiction) based on the best from the second year of the Science Fiction Microstory Contest on LinkedIn's Sci-Fi group. More

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About Jot Russell

Jot Russell is a writer and engineer from the North Shore of Long Island. As the creator and director of the Science Fiction Microstory contest on LinkedIn's Sci-Fi group, Jot has built international recognition from fellow writers and readers alike. Among dozens of stories, his longer works include Terra Forma, Open Source Government, Temporal Shift and Consortium.

Terra Forma portrays the near future in which one man strives to unite the world through the task of creating another. The global project to terrform Mars invites danger on the founder and project workers operating asteroid tug vessels in space. This realistic view of the future could represent the birth of a new living world or the destruction of the Earth herself.

Open Source Government is a non-fictional proposal for solving a number of national and international issues through a singular and simple method.

Temporal Shift and Consortium are part of his international "Science Fiction Consortium" anthology that is now available. The lead is a time-travel story around 9/11 that walks the line between religious extremists and bigotry.

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Review by: Richard Bunning on Aug. 4, 2015 :
Disclosure- I know of all these authors through social-media and I have met one of the authors. I also had stories in the first anthology.
I find it very hard to give any anthologies five stars as there are always some stories that don't work for me. I assume that is true of most readers.
Collections from one author are easier to asses.
All the stories have been revised and carefully edited. Micro-story telling, here in under 1000 words a story is challenging. The disciplines of journalism are required to create a plot and a conclusion of sorts while adding enough complication to make the stories interesting, all within tight spacial constraints. Some of the writers are actually from such backgrounds, some are long standing novelists from all sorts of genre areas and some are late comers to story-telling, though I challenge anyone to say which writers belong in each group.
Most readers will find all mention of competition and winners to be a complete irrelevance. I completely ignore such mentions, mentally deleting with a thick black pen. Don't have a quick look under the cover and be put off.
Reading anthologies is a great way of finding new authors. If a story is particularly liked it is often worth a quick Amazon search to see what might be available. I apologise to those I am asking to suck eggs, but actually not everyone is used to looking for books in places other than libraries and in familiar book shops.
I don't know why there is no e book here. Hopefully it will soon arrive.
All the stories at very least skim the borders of science fiction. Some are hard, near future, science, some are distant dreams or philosophical speculation, and some are from the fantasy end of the spectrum. Mixed spices, or should that be mixed spaces.
These stories are best digested one at a time, else it is all to easy to find oneself slipping detail from one to another. Well, that's a problem that I personally have- am I weird, unfocused or both? Anyway, I read one story, often read twice, then pause to think about something else. One will be read at the bus stop, then one on the way after I've cleared my mind by watching all the aliens travelling with me.
If you have taken the time to read this, despite my disclosure, then I thank you.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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