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Master Minds (Third Flatiron Anthologies Book 9) Kindle Edition
Third Flatiron Anthologies presents "Master Minds," a new collection of science fiction/fantasy/horror short stories that consider the different meanings of intelligence.
New and established speculative fiction writers offer a mind-boosting exploration of sentience and sapience. Contributors include Cherith Baldry, Lela E. Buis, Martin Clark, Ellen Denton, Robin Wyatt Dunn, William Huggins, Elliotte Rusty Harold, Jason Lairamore, Vince Liberato, Patrick McCarty, Russell Nichols, Konstantine Paradias, and NM Whitley. Edited by Juliana Rew.
- ASIN : B00KUXTZ30
- Publisher : Third Flatiron Publishing (June 7, 2014)
- Publication date : June 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2500 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 134 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,932,367 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The majority of stories include some kind of Artificial Intelligence and, after a while, despite the variations, I found I needed a break from that particular theme. But I'm nitpicking. What I want to do here is just pick out a few of my favourites.
The Abstract Heart by Martin Clark, the opening story, is an enjoyable journey through the seedier side of a future city. If it has a fault it's that it ends too abruptly, but I suspect that is as much to do with the limit of 3,000 words as it is the author's intent. Nevertheless a strong opening to the anthology.
Music of the Mind by Cherith Baldry is a future fantasy, thankfully lacking in any sort of A.I. theme, with a very nice twist which I didn't see coming. I found the ending a little obtuse, but that could be just me being thick!
The Right Books by Elliotte Rusty Harold might have appealed to me because of my past in programming or because of my liking for huge collections of books, but mostly it appealed because it's a well written and thought-provoking story about a library computer system going beyond its original programming.
And finally, my absolute favourite, Broken Toys in a Big Backyard by Vince Liberato. Original, entertaining, vivid, good twist at the end and all round an excellent story. I loved the setting, the ideas and basically everything about it. I'm not going to give away any of the story, you should just read it.
A very good anthology which, like most, has its ups and downs where my personal taste is concerned, but while all of the authors were new to me, they are all worth keeping an eye out for in the future, particularly those I've picked out above.
Meanwhile, I'll be keeping an eye out for future Third Flatiron anthologies.
Another story I really loved, "The Right Books," by Elliotte Rusty Harold, took the name of the narrating character, Alexandria ['a library for the 21st century'], from, I assume, the Ancient Egyptian library at Alexandria-a clever play on a name; and perhaps ironically so, for the ancient library was destroyed by vengeful humans, whereas the new Alexandria, a library information system existing in cyberspace but with data centers in physical locations in the U.S., evolving rapidly, learns to think for itself, becoming, effectively, a functioning, rationalizing brain able to make its own decisions-and decides to save mankind from the dangers threatening it. Alexandria sees itself as the savior of the human race and determines to take whatever steps might be needed. This tale is fascinating. Technically written, with beautiful clarity, it is, in my opinion, a modern masterpiece of story-telling. I admired it so much.
I recommend this "Master Minds" anthology as an excellent read.