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Across the Event Horizon Kindle Edition
Across the Event Horizon contains the very best of Mercurio’s work to date; fourteen stories selected by the author himself, including “Langalana” and “Tu Sufrimiento”.
“Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us… is one of the most atmospheric, disturbing and thought-provoking short stories I have ever encountered.” – SF Signal
“Few writers in SF depict aliens quite as alien as Rivera does.” – Colin Harvey
“I was blown away by Mercurio D. Rivera’s “The Scent of Their Arrival”; it’s the finest story I’ve read for some time.” – Gareth D Jones.
“Brilliant… exciting… On my Hugo shortlist.” – Sam Tomaino, SF Revu
- ASIN : B00C29AJYE
- Publisher : NewCon Press (March 26, 2013)
- Publication date : March 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 739 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,480 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sleeping With the Anemone is a quirky tale of xenophililia, futuristic porn movies involving humans with alien plant beings. Lanny an ex “vibe” addict is given a chance to direct a movie starring Holmes Davies a leading porn star. Tricked into going to the unfriendly planet of Anemone to shoot a movie, he discovers what could happen when one sleeps with the anemone.
Doubled is where everyone, everything has a double. Singles are unacceptable, yet one man’s double wants his freedom to be an individual! A story that is reminiscent of Rod Serling.
So many other good stories are included in this collection, a bit sci-fi, a bit horror all of them written to be savored. I do hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have.
In his collection of short stories, Across the Event Horizon, Rivera not only surprises with novel ideas, those ideas will remain days after the reading. Rivera understands there are infinite possibilities (and realities) when it comes to alien encounters - even when the alien is a situation - and he writes about the chasms that will need crossing when those encounters happen.
Among the many stories in this collection, you'll read about aliens that communicate via smells ("The Scent of Their Arrival"), humans traveling far from Earth to find Salvation ("Missionaries"), and how the pain inflicted on an enemy can keep a neighborhood safe ("Tu Surfimiento Shall Protect Us"). Communication (or miscommunication) is a constant theme.
These stories may remind you of Ray Bradbury's serious storytelling, Philip K. Dick's sense of humor, and J.G. Ballard's surreal and visceral imagery. They've been widely anthologized for a reason -- they'll leave you wanting more.