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Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
The quixotic cover notwithstanding, this collection has some serious writing. The shared theme for all the stories is first contact. Like other great science fiction, the stories are character-driven and show the choices people make when they encounter alien beings. Roswell, New Mexico, is at the crossroads of extraterrestrial encounters and the starting point for the eighteen dark tales whose settings span two centuries. Some say that science fiction is only plot driven but reading Not Far From Roswell shows that speculative fiction can be as literary as it is thrilling.
This anthology is a smorgasbord of engaging tales with strange lights, alien abductions, implanted technology and more. From science fiction to dark fantasy, this collection has a yarn for every reader. The wide breadth of story ideas makes this an ideal book club selection. Many of the stories start with an everyday setting where ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. This gives them an eerie authenticity, one that rings true to cosmologist Martin Rees’ maxim, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” That is to say, they really could be out there. About the possibility for alien first contact, the Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi asked “But where are they?” The answer is: Not Far From Roswell.