A freakish anthology from twelve authors delving into the darkness of human--and not so human--nature.
Leigh M. Lane
Jody Neil Ruth
Rob M. Miller
Edited by Rob M. Miller
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.