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Spring Into SciFi: 2019 Edition Kindle Edition
A special Foreword by Ian Hugh McAllister.
- ASIN : B07SSNPCN2
- Publisher : Cloaked Press, LLC (June 8, 2019)
- Publication date : June 8, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1802 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 261 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #181,233 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A couple stories that stood out were "Sea Change" by Terry Sanville and "Menagerie" by Stephen McQuiggan. Aside from the obvious climate change/humans trashing the planet message in Terry's piece, the relationship between the two protagonists resonated with me, and the concept struck my imagination. Plus, who doesn't like protagonists that have a dog? Thought provoking piece.
"Menagerie" was quick, crisp, and sneakily funny. There was a nice little twist at the end. The piece isn't long, and doesn't need much real estate to land some solid punches.
However, my favorite was the last story "Baby's First Kill" by Tony Conaway. I'm a sucker for history and the way Conaway blends a little history (of the Sand Hogs and some vintage military stuff) into his time travel piece was really well done---and funny. Reading it as the last story was like shooting a birdie on the 18th hole in golf, and thinking, "yeah, I do like this game." After reading Conaway's story I thought, "I can't wait for the 2020 edition."
While many settings and tropes appear far too familiar, keep reading! Each one of these stories pulls a twist that will leave you intrigued and smirking.
Standouts in this book include Tony Conaway's "Baby's First Kill," which continues his series of the New York City Sandhogs, mixing fantasy with some sci fi elements. Well written and memorable well after the read.
Likewise, Terry Sanville's "Sea Changes" is equal parts fantasy and scifi (at least by my definition) and is an interesting dive into recruitment in the war for earth's preservation in the present day.
Joanna Maciejewska's "Black Eyes, Luminous Monsters" - despite the less imaginative title - is a sci fi story that, even with a focus on aliens, is is some ways the hero's journey compressed into less than 25 pages.
Menagerie by Stephen McQuiggan shows what a talented storyteller can do in just six pages. Good enough that I needed to reread it again immediately after completing it to find the clues I missed on the first reading. It felt like a story I had read before and then...took a fast turn left. Nicely done.
One small nitpick - someone should help with layout. Given that this is a collection, the book would benefit from learning how to place the story titles at the top of the page, and proof for formatting (like section breaks in Terry's story). Text seems too close to the top edge of the book and especially with no header designating stories, the titles need a bit more prominence. But as I said, just a nitpick.
I especially liked Tony Conaway's story: "Baby's First Kill." I don't usually like time travel stories, but I loved this one.
I also thought the speculation regarding genes and evolution, in several stories, were topnotch, very fascinating.
Overall, an excellent set of stories.