Your Memberships & Subscriptions
The Doomsday Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 11) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"The best place to discover new SF authors, I think, is any of the anthologies coming from Samuel Peralta"
-- Hugh Howey, NY Times bestselling author of Wool
"A powerful new voice in speculative fiction"
--Nick Webb, USA Today bestselling author of the Legacy Fleet trilogy
About the Author
Its unique take on major science fiction and fantasy themes - A.I., time travel, dragons, robots, aliens, zombies, immortality, galactic battles, cyborgs, doomsday - has made it one of the most acclaimed anthology series of the digital era.
- ASIN : B01DE64NKE
- Publisher : Windrift Books; 1st edition (March 23, 2016)
- Publication date : March 23, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2829 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 438 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #643,723 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I certainly hope the visions shared by these fifteen authors never come true.
The Doomsday Chronicles is the newest incarnation of Samuel Peralta's Future Chronicles, and if it's not the best one to date, it's certainly up there. Starting with a poem and continuing though fourteen stories, the authors give us a glimpse of what Doomsday might look like.
While all of the tales are good, there are five that stood out and replayed in my dreams - and occasionally my nightmares. The first is Ann Christy's "A Mother So Beautiful." Darker than the other books I've read by this author, this twisted tale shows us how the actions of a sociopath lead to the end of life as we know it.
"Lockdown" by Saul Tanpepper introduces us to an unknown virus that starts a zombie-type apocalypse. I loved this story enough that I immediately logged into Amazon and bought the other books in the same universe... I want to learn what happens next!
James Knapp has unintentionally created a new marketing idea with his chogg hats in "At Depth's Door." Picture facehuggers, except these keep your head warm. Slight side effects include a stinger being inserted into your spine and possible loss of limbs. This is not just a horror story... It also shows how humans will sometimes accept atrocities around them - even knowing that it's wrong - just because it's easier than reaching for the unknown.
"Mia + Vegan Cannibals" by S. Elliot Brandis gives us a tongue-in-cheek tale of vegans and the consequences of nutritional fads. I couldn't stop laughing while reading this! This is an unapologetic story that needs to be read with a sense of humor.
The collection closes with "Staying Behind" by Ken Liu, a story that tackles the difficult themes of humanity, faith, and choice. When you can live forever, uploaded into a data center, are you really living? While this story can be read as a standalone, it's also a prequel to another story, giving the reader the opportunity to see if this really is the start of the end, or just another step in evolution.
I honestly can't think of a tale that I disliked in this collection, and the only reason that I'm not breaking down each story individually is that if I did, my review would be way too long! Each story gives us a unique take on a possible Doomsday, showing death and destruction in ways I had never before imagined. Even stories with more common themes hold a twist, something to give that extra edge that keeps your attention and interest. If you've ever dreamt of the darkness that might be waiting for us in the future, I suggest picking up this book.
How about a head warmer? Oh! Part of the deal is letting it tap into your spine to control you. What about insects the size of cars? This story will raise the hair on your arms. Comets, religious 'freedom' , and many other scenarios that you never imagined are all here and expertly written by an incredible group of authors. I can't think of even one story that was not up to par or didn't leave me wanting to explore the storyline further.
Sam Peralta has a gift for choosing the perfect stories for the Future Chronicles and the different worlds that could be. Each anthology gets better and better. The opening poem written by Mr. Peralta sets the tone perfectly and is mind grabbing in its own. Highly recommended!
Seanan McGuire's "Dragonflies" was the scariest story in the entire book even though I don't have a phobia about bugs, yet this tale of predatory insects the size of horses was horrifying. Miss McGuire is famous for her Newsflesh trilogy (written under her pen name Mira Grant), but I was introduced to her through another anthology series called the Apocalypse Triptych ( The End is Nigh , The End is Now , and The End has Come ) where she contributed stories under both names, and I immediately became a fan because her stories were my favorites.
Saul Tanpepper's "Lockdown" is about a teacher trying to protect her students after her school is shut down during a crisis very similar to what happens during mass school shootings, but THIS lockdown happens when the school is being invaded by virus-infected zombies similar to the Rage virus in the movie 28 Days Later.
The most heartbreaking story was Terry R. Hill's "The Journal" about a middle-school boy writing a diary (as a homework assignment) about a massive comet whose trajectory points it to a collision with Earth. The boy quickly realizes that all the adults around him are lying to him about the very real danger lighting up the night sky, and the conclusion ends with an agonizing gut-punch.
Top reviews from other countries
I enjoy feeling that I am reading fairly contemporary work. The brief interviews with the contributors contain links that make it easy to inspect their other work. I feel "connected" in a way that was never possible before e books unless, perhaps, you were lucky enough to be able to attend some of the great SF conventions of the past.
I discovered this series after it had been going for a while, and I quite like the fact that collections are chosen around a theme because I can pick and choose according to the mood of the day. I'm not entirely sure that I will feel the same when I have "caught up" and find that maybe the theme of the next release isn't a favourite, but I can live with that! Its still great to have good work collected and set in front of you.