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OCEANS: The Anthology (Frontiers of Speculative Fiction Book 2) Kindle Edition
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from whence we came.”
- John F. Kennedy
Underwater cities, lost civilizations, crops, climate change, and dead zones.
In this collection of ocean-themed stories, twelve of today’s top speculative fiction writers explore our morality, our built-in societal restraints, and reflect upon our state of grace.
The waves roll in, the waves roll out.
“OCEANS: The Anthology” features stories from bestselling authors such as winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards Ken Liu, Rysa Walker (the Chronos series), Daniel Arthur Smith (Tales from the Canyons of the Damned), R.D. Brady (the Belial series), Alex Shvartsman (the Unidentified Funny Objects series), P.K. Tyler (the UnCommon series), plus six more of today’s top authors in speculative and science fiction.
Daniel Arthur Smith presents OCEANS: THE ANTHOLOGY, book 2 of the 2 book Frontiers of Speculative Fiction series that began with the top-ranking CLONES: The Anthology!
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- ASIN : B0756NZNPP
- Publisher : Holt Smith ltd (September 26, 2017)
- Publication date : September 26, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1742 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 296 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #496,624 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When I was a teenager, I subscribed to several SF magazines (Analog, Asimov, Omni) but eventually lost the taste for short stories. As I've followed the Chronos stories from one anthology to another, I've regained my taste for this style of collection. Thanks to all the authors!
What a wonderfully imaginative, creatively speculative, multi-author collection! I loved it! I was intrigued by the title, as I have been an aficionado of the Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic sub-genres for nearly six decades, and because over the last couple of years that interest has focused on rising sea levels, climate change, and Lovecraftian apocalypses. I found plenty to gratify my intrigue here, and OCEANS: THE ANTHOLOGY has found a place on my special rereader shelf. You can't go wrong here, as there is much from which to choose, all of it guaranteed to stretch the imagination.
The best is "The Titan's Daughter" with its strong echoes of The Odyssey. The worst co-opts the plot of a C&W song -- "Ruby, don't take your love to the surface!" -- and simply plops it in the ocean. The collection is not horrible, but you have to work too hard to find the interesting nuggets.
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I need to say at this point that I am terrified of water, and have been from a very early age. I can't swim and am unable to go anywhere near open stretches of water. The stories are very well written and so detailed, realistic and atmospheric, that I actually felt myself physically 'backing off' whenever character(s) were near the water. Having said that, I really enjoyed this anthology and I didn't think I would because of my phobia. I did have to keep reminding myself that 'it's only a book!'.
I loved all the stories, but these were my particular favourites:
'Tide Sweeping' by P K Tyler
I have yet to be disappointed by anything this author writes. Her works are so unusual and unique, and she pulls you into her worlds from the first paragraph. Vivid language, scarily beautiful, and unfortunately every bit believable for a potential timeline.
'Turtle: An A.L.I.V.E. Story' by R D Brady
I'm a huge softy when it comes to animals of any kind and I'm sure I'm not the only one...ah, lovely Iggy. It is also the total chaos and devastation that we, as (supposedly) the most intelligent beings, cause to other species that we are reminded of in this story.
There's a photo doing the rounds at the moment of a tiny, beautiful seahorse carrying a Q-Tip. That made me so angry. Parts of this story made me angry too, particularly the turtle that Iggy found. Dear god... We have made our presence known on this Earth, good and bad. There are times I think that we are not worthy of our amazing home. This story completely backed up my thoughts.
'Aquagenic' by Will Swardstrom
Amazingly well thought out story for a real and debilitating condition. Dana gives Cora the time she needs next to the ocean to understand where she should be, and what she is. Wonderfully haunting.
A very easy five star award.
My favourites here (i.e. the ones I remember without prompting): the hole in the middle of the desert, containing the remnants of the last ocean, which was a centre of pilgrimage; the mermaid who just needed to get back to the sea; the clone who was born in the air and transferred when she was old enough, working with clones born below the sea, with a completely different lifestyle and mythology; the stranded explorer on a dead world, where life was a beach… There were many more, but I’d have to go back to the book to look, and then I’d list them all.
It’s a brilliant collection, and a perfect beach read for nerds like me. And a great read for everyone else!
Featuring 12 fantastic stories of varying lengths, OCEANS is an enjoyable read from start to finish. All stories are obviously ocean themed but I loved how each author approached the theme in such unique ways from a Sweeper who is charged with protecting the last pocket of ocean from being devoured by sands, a community of genetically altered humans who dwell in the seas and build pipelines to power the cities for land humans, and a sister who can't stop hearing the siren call of the sea, to stories which tackle environmental issues head-on in true speculative fiction fashion!
My favourites of the anthology included:
- Tide Sweeping by P.K Tyler
- Dancing in the Midnight Ocean by Caroline M. Yoachim
- New Years Eve by Joshua Ingle
- Girt by Sea by S. Elliot Brandis
Another thing I really appreciated was that at the end of each story there is a neat little authors note about their contribution as well as more info about them and their work. I'll definitely be adding some of their books to my reading list as well as the first anthology in the Frontiers of Speculative Fiction series - CLONES - which also looks amazing!