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Out Of This World!
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2015
When I was a teenager, I read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. The idea of a galactic empire that existed across the stars and throughout millennia fascinated me. When I read his robot books with Daneel Olivaw, I discovered the vastly different planets that could exist from just human’s own invention and innovation. The different flora, fauna, life spans, diseases, landforms, technology...you name it and suddenly with those few books my mind was opened to the possibility of what existed beyond our own little planet.
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.