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This collection of stories is a bit uneven and I was waffling on how to rate it. The meteor story was clever and the time traveller airport story was quite funny. Anthologies are hard to rate because of this. I did like it but not as much as most of the anthologies I've been reading lately and I'm a bit harsher than many on amazon probably a legacy of reviewing on goodreads.
"Origins: Colliding Causalities," Third Flatiron Publishing's third anthology, is another fascinating offering of stories on a theme. The bright, bold cover graphic strikes the tone for this collection. The anthology ranges widely through time, locations and species.
The first story, "Of Men and Gods," by T. A. Branom, is bang up-to-date, with the finding of the Higgs boson in the Large Hadron Collider -- and, inevitably, the appearance of a black hole. One black hole leads to another, and soon mankind has created a wormhole; unfortunately the tunnel leads not to other places in the universe, as intended, but to other eras on earth: not a space tunnel but a time tunnel, with some interesting implications.
James Beamon's "Hollow Man Dances" -- introduced with an apt and imaginative graphic -- is a charming fable about kites and a kite man; in fact there are just two main characters, with an undifferentiated chorus of townsfolk. The tale is admirably circular, with the enigmatic appearance of the kite man nicely echoed in the mysterious (and amusing) ending. This was my favorite story.
The offering by Alex Shvartsman, "How to Locate and Capture Time Travelers: A Memo," was very funny, its brevity making it all the more effective.
A dragon features in L. Lambert Lawson's "At War Again" but it's a dragon with a mind of its own and somewhat unreliable in time of war.
The genie that emerges from the bottle in Cathy Bryant's "Question and Answer" is a tricksy character, as perhaps all genies are.
"The Missing Link" by Janett L. Grady is a sweetly paradoxical tale of an initially frightening but well-intentioned creature living at Bear Lake; it isn't a bear despite its hairy appearance -- but a tender and curious bigfoot who saves a human's life. There's a very neat ending to this story.
"Carmilla's Mask" by Jordan Ashley Moore is an ingenious little story of a sexual culture where heterosexuality is definitely frowned upon by officialdom.
"Origins: Colliding Causalities" contains thirteen stories in all and offers a wide range of plots, characterization and treatment of the overarching theme; I enjoyed reading them all.
I found this one on my Kindle, somewhat buried in a collection of over 800 items I have yet to get around to reading. Some of the short stories are a bit "off the wall". I like "off the wall". With each one I read, I just opened myself to immersing my imagination in the vision of the next author, and while not all were five star rated, as a whole the made for a satisfying break from what passes for reality in 2019. I already have my eye on a couple more of the Flatiron Anthologies, and those will go into a collection of publications that get a more immediate rating on my Priority Reading List.