Dark stuff, indeed, but worth a chuckle and a second thought page after page. Indeed, accompanied by the clever illustrations of Antoneo Deleo, each segment of Selected Shorts is imbued with an initial lightness, as in a children s book. This device ideally positions the reader for a number of shocks, when tales conclude with a guffaw-inducing, vaguely Roald Dahl-esque endings. In short, Selected Shorts is a novel told through a series of loosely grouped episodes, some of them mere anecdotes, others fully realized short stories. The subject? A world in decline. That Goodberg s vision of such a fictional future closely resembles the here and now gives us something nasty to think about when we finish the book. And in that sense the author succeeds in getting under our skins. Selected Shorts is worth a read for the advanced reader not allergic to science fiction themes, and interested in delving into what it means to be human. Those who would like to time travel through a few hours of their lives being entertained should read this book. --Foreword Reviews
Goodberg offers up 37 episodes, ranging from one-page vignettes to full-fledged stories, exploring alternate time lines, grandfather paradoxes, human-alien relations, and get-rich-quick schemes, often with clever twists and unexpected results. --Publishers Weekly
The timeline as we know it meets the cruel tendencies of the tourists, and the tourists meet the cruel tendencies of time. Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel is an excellent pick of short fiction, highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review
About the Author
David Goodberg has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Through his work as a painter, photographer, filmmaker and writer, Goodberg uses the theories and possibilities of time travel to delve into our most basic daily routines. Born and raised in the Midwest, he resides in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to write and develop film and book projects.