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Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
The Expanding Universe 6 - a review by Rosemary Kenny
This wonderfully entertaining collection of sci-fi novellas rangers across many great authors, both new to this reviewer and more familiar ones, with many new short stories to feast on.
My favourite is Craig Martelle's A Story from Metamorphosis Alpha: Aboard the Warden - Deck 11. Jimmy and Willie are part of the Warden's security crew. An incident on the planet's surface leads to the two comrades 'sparring' verbally, as to which of them will go outside, to deal with some of the planet's natives...and Jimmy is manoeuvred into going forth.
In a bizarre twist a talking badger becomes Jimmy's companion and (unwanted) advisor, on his way back towards the Warden...but what danger did they detect in Epsilon City?
A whimsical 'what if...?' dystopian sci-fi adventure that will make you laugh and maybe cry at the future possibilities for our planet, which reminded me of the animated film, W.A.L.L.- E, with a soupçon of Star Wars stirred into the mix.
Another triumph for Prince of Sci-fi Suspense Craig Martelle, well-supported by other authors' great sci-fi tales of the unexpected, that make this collection a must-have item on your sci-fi fantasy bookshelves!
Several fair to good stories, and a couple of stories that did not work for me at all. Surprising for these short story books, normally better more consistent quality. Good for exploring new authors and new SF topics Star storys 'The Derelict' by Matt Randles and 'Tin eye investigations' by J M Thomas Top of the list, ' A STORY FROM METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA' by Craig Martel, this story reads like the first part of a top class book.