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The Galaxy Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 8) Kindle Edition
"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 : B017PQOEU8
- Publisher : Windrift Books; 1st edition (November 30, 2015)
- Publication date : November 30, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 722 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 347 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,177 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In steps the latest edition of the Future Chronicles -- The Galaxy Chronicles. Twelve stories from some of the greatest and most imaginative writers out there right now telling the tales from beyond the stars. The stories live up to the billing, with each a delight, taking a different approach to the overall theme.
Full disclosure: I have stories in three other Future Chronicles titles, but have no involvement in this production. I just enjoyed the heck out of it.
I won’t go over each story -- other reviews take care of that -- but I will briefly mention a few stories that resonated with me.
Erik Wecks starts off the collection with a fast-paced space heist “A Mercenary in Escrow.” I loved it, seeing a version of The Italian Job in space as the Deek, the captain of a ship, willingly goes to prison to save the rest of his crew. Three years later, Deek is out, but he isn’t safe as he now belongs to the company he screwed before he went in the clink. What happens and what will his crew do? Great pacing and great storytelling tell the reader they are in for a treat the rest of the anthology.
I got a huge kick out of Jennifer Wells’ “Symbiont Seeking Symbiont.” Told from the perspective of a woman who meets an alien bacteria, it garnered more than a few laughs from me. As you read the author’s note, you’ll read about the inspiration for the story and it makes perfect sense. Cringe-worthy at times because of some of the lines the bacteria tries on our protagonist, this is a great turn for Wells.
“Earth Fall” by Raymond Weil is a great twist on the space genre, giving us an “invasion” tale with a fantastic turn at the end. I found Weil’s writing to be tight and compelling and will definitely seek out more by him in the future.
And the story that closed out the collection, “Multiply” by Nicholas Wilson, was fantastic. A ship controlled and inhabited by two different and distinct artificial intelligences crashes on their mission. What do Walter and Comet do? Their basis may be artificial but their motivations are very “human” and in the end we get a great parallel to human history as well. I loved the story and found the characters interesting and would read more stories with Walter at the fore.
Those are just a few of the stories I loved. Ask me tomorrow and I’ll probably chose a different top four. All twelve stories are fascinating and will have fans no matter what.
Ultimately, Samuel Peralta has done it again with The Galaxy Chronicles and I cannot wait to read what he’s got coming out next.
The collection starts out with “A Mercenary in Escrow” where we are introduced to a mercenary captain who does three years in prison in an effort to save his crew from the consequences of breaking a contract. But, as he soon learns, it’s the actions of his crew that will really determine his future. 5 Stars
“Excelsior” takes us into a Cold War between two factions that control the earth, and the political maneuverings that could destroy - or save - humanity. Could a new world be the answer to save them all? 4.5 Stars
Pippa DaCosta gives us her story “Falling,” introducing us to how Caleb Shepperd first met Fran. For fans of her Girl from Above series this will give you a peek into the past, and it’s a great introduction to the characters for those new to the series. 4 Stars
“Apogee” is a thrilling story of the start of a revolution, as a planet seeks to reclaim its freedom from the heavy rule of the Earth Alliance. But starting a war is never easy, and sometimes decisions have to be made that are difficult to live with. Could you do what needed to be done? 5 Stars
Giraffe is Felix R. Savage’s story “Keep Off the Grass” is an interesting individual, and this story - showing us a future where Japanese Catholics are living in space to save themselves from persecution - makes me want to read more. I’m very interested to see what this author can come up with next! 4 Stars
“Ser Pan Comido” leads us on a merry chase as three urchins scramble to free themselves, and a starship pilot, from a planet that seeks to rip away their futures. 4 Stars
“The Kasant Objective” is probably my favorite of the collection, with Chris Reher giving us a new twist on the Grey Alien mythos. While the story started out a little slow, it soon filled with surprises, and the ending made me go back and re-read the story, happy with the new perspective I had on this tale. 5 Stars
“Symbiont Seeking Symbiont” illustrates the danger found on unknown worlds, and the author does a great job at really making us wonder what will happen next. It’s Alice in Wonderland in Space, but with a potentially deadlier ending. 4 Stars
David Adams brings gives us a story that is at once futuristic but also reminds me of the struggle that our own Veterans go through, home again after war, often missing limbs and loved ones. “The Immortals: Kronis Valley” can be read as a stand-alone but is also part of a larger universe of work. 4.5 Stars
Every good collection about Galaxies and Space Exploration has to have an invasion story. “Earth Fall” brings us back home as we watch the final days of Earth’s civilization, as it is brought down by a technologically superior race. But is it really the end? 4.5 Stars
“The Stars that Bind” is a strange story that shows us multiple generations and their quest to save and protect the Empire from being lost in the expansion of the universe. But can this Binding actually be done? While this story is good, it felt a little disjointed and I would have liked to see the ending expanded upon a little more so the reader actually really understands what happened. 3.5 Stars
The last story is another favorite of mine, and it’s a great story to close out the collection. “Multiply” by Nicolas Wilson is the tale of two AIs, trapped together, forced to work beyond their programming to protect others. Reading this tale, I was left with the thought that I was watching a new civilization emerge to take its place in the galaxy. 5 Stars
As usual, Samuel Peralta has managed to put together an excellent collection of stories to make you wonder what else is out there, what is possible, and what our future may bring. 4 ½ Stars overall.
While I did receive a review copy of this book in exchange for a review, I enjoyed it enough that I also purchased a copy!
It will be well worth it. As I said in my header, I do like breaking off from full length novels and reading the shorter books, and yes I am calling them books instead of stories. Each one within their own ranks and style, have contributed a true complete book, just in a shorter fashion.
After reading through all of them, I came to appreciate two things for sure. 1) I truly got involved with the characters as I did in a full-featured book. 2) Each ended with the story being well wrapped like a full book. However, I have to admit I truly wanted more. This of course, did what could be one of the reasons for writing short stories and consolidating them into a compact series, to encourage you to sign up for each of the authors websites. Of which I did sign up for quite a few.
Give it a try, it's certainly worth the money and very enjoyable to be able to read a complete story in perhaps a lunch break. That's my thoughts!
Top reviews from other countries
And the epics premises are not that good. While the slightly old fashioned prompt of “Time Travel Chronicles” resulted in original tales, the idea of The Galaxy Chronicles leads to tired old tales:
*of humans fighting each other in space (Excelsior by Jasper T Scotts - if I got I free samples instead of buying the book, I would have dropped it; The Immortals: Kronis Valley by David Adams);
*humans fighting an alien invasion (Earth Fall by R.L. Weil where the author admits dusting off something written 20 years ago, and I admit not reading until the end a tale of brave Americans decimating yet another large alien fleet);
*and various tales of space smugglers (entertaining A Mercenary in Escrow by Erik Wecks, Falling by Pippa DaCista).
There are exceptions:
*a humorous tale “Symbiont seeking symbiont” by J.F. Welles, which as I microbiologist I can say puts modern S back into SF. “Keep off the grass” by Felix R.Savage;
*although following the formula Holmes meets Watson, cue adventures, is an original variant of Solar System Space exploration;
*charming - who could resist street urchins and a brave spaceship captain - Ser Pan Comido by M.A. Thyer
I do hope that in the marketing activities of the writers will be curtailed in future books of the series, and the short stories in the series will remain a stand-alone product. I know that the writers like to eat, that’s why I’m attending the concert.
Book 2 Excelsior, read some of Jasper T Scotts work before this and true to form, this is another all action story along with another preview of the stupidity of our species. WW 3 has just started and our heroes are off to a new planet to re-start. Again, don’t expect any depth to anything, it is just a short story after all and a pretty good one at that.
Book 3 Falling Emotionally conflicted characters in a love/hate story, all the usual stuff but this time set in some space mine place, could just as easily have been anywhere but to get in a Sci-fi book you have to have space or hi-tech stuff and this book is just that. Barely worth wasting the 15 minutes it took to read it.
Book 4 Apogee Well, finished reading it before it even started. A planet wanting to break away from the Earth based alliance and earth not happy about it. I hope G.S. Jennsen is going to expand this into a novel, maybe give more background into the earth alliance and why the planet wants to break away from it. Good read, you’ll probably miss the odd typo but all in all worth reading.
Book 5 Keep off the grass. Set in the same timeline as his Solarian War Saga. Felix R Savage writes this as I think he hopes the future to bevery much dis-jointed and no clear idea of who is in charge. I think you’d need to read at least 1 of his Solarian War Saga to get the jist of the technology and location as well as the reasons why things are the way they are.
Book 6 Ser Pan Comido. One of my pet hates is authors who write things characters say in a different language from English, and then give a translation, why bother? It is a fine story set in some dystopian junk yard, barely any action but the ship got rescued and the kids got off the planet. Have to look for more books by Matthew Alan Thyer.
Book 7 The Kasant Objective. A different take on the little grey men always probing earth people, this time some other species is trying to take over another planet because they’re own one is failing, no reason given as to why, but along come the little grey men and try to stop them. Quite fun even if you don’t actually know what species anyone is
Book 8, Symbiont seeking Symbiont, Fantastic idea, how would an intelligent bacteria communicate with us? From what this one is offering, I’d gladly let it in me. A bit of Black humour in there as well. It’s certainly worth reading.
Book 9 The Immortals: Kronis Valley. The black side of human conflict, what happens to the hero when he goes home to the people he protected? No help given and he’s left on his own but is being watched by his ex-superior officer who wants him for another job. Don’t read this if your depressed.
Book 10 Earth Fall. The aliens have landed on Earth and systematically wiped out the majority of the human race, but thanks to information from the other aliens that survived Roswell back in 1947 we knew what was coming and had time to prepare, Raymond L Weil says he will release it as a full length book sometime in 2016, looking forward to it.
Book 11 The Stars That Bind. Doesn’t make any sense to me. Nick Webb claims to be an experimental scientist, maybe he should add the title experimental writer to his name, this is just some bizarre story that some might like but not for me.
Book 12 Multiply. Cute, 2 robots alone after crashing into an asteroid get all philosophical while building an army of other robots to seed passing planets with. Absurd is one word Nicolas Wilson uses in his word from bit at the end, and yes it is very absurd. A good end story to a pretty good book all round.
It is always a delight to discover new-to-the-reader authors whose work bring pleasure and so opens up more possibilities to follow. This book gives us that opportunity twelve times over, thanks to Mr.Peralta's discerning selection. I was fortunate enough to receive this book in return for an honest review and my thanks go to everyone who made The Galaxy Chronicles so enjoyable. Highly recommended to all science fiction fans or anyone looking for something a little bit different.