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World's Collider: A Shared-World Anthology [Kindle Edition]

Steven Savile , Simon Kurt Unsworth , Trent Zelazny , James Moran , Aaron Rosenberg , Jonathan Green , Kelly Hale , Richard Wright , Jonathan Templar , Richard Salter
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Book Description

The Collision is the worst disaster in human history. So far…

In the near future, an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider causes an enormous explosion, known as the Collision. The blast flattens a huge chunk of central Europe and punches a massive hole in the Earth’s surface. Over the next decade, unspeakable horrors pour from the rift: vicious creatures with a taste for human flesh, a terrible scream that drives all who hear it insane, a phantom entity that feeds on fear and paranoia, and a nightmare train from the pits of hell, to name but a few. This onslaught of terror causes the collapse of civilization and threatens to wipe humanity from the planet.

World’s Collider is a unique concept in short fiction, where all eighteen original stories are part of a common narrative, recounting the disaster and its aftermath. A true novel by many voices, including Steven Savile, James Moran, Aaron Rosenberg, Trent Zelazny, Jonathan Green, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kelly Hale, Richard Wright and a host of new talent.

Fifty million people died in the Collision. They were the lucky ones…

"Each component cranks up the tension and the disparate tales combine in mosaic-fashion to deliver a truly gripping narrative." - Ian Whates, author of The Noise Within

Product Details

  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938644026
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nightscape Press; 1st edition (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J9X2P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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What a GREAT read! I picked this up yesterday and read it all last night until my eyes couldn't stay open, and then finished it this morning. It was so good I simply couldn't wait to post a review!

World's Collider is a collection of apocalyptic short stories that don't just follow a common theme like other anthologies or short story collections. In World's Collider each story co-exists with the others in the same space and for the same common narrative, providing more of a 'novel' than a collection of individual short stories.

The unique writing style of each author makes the entire book fresh and thrilling to read. You should definitely take the time to read the introduction too, you'll be able to appreciate the overall concept and story even more if you do.

I never reveal story details or provide any spoilers at all when I write reviews. It's against my 'religion' ;). Suffice it to say, with this talented bunch of writers, and this great theme, you are guaranteed a ride to remember when you read World's Collider!

Two thumbs up and definitely deserving a multitude of 5-Star Ratings!!! :)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES... more please! July 20, 2012
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I finally finished this book last night.

It was truly incredible.

Using the different authors to create a novel worked much better than I honestly had expected. I was drawn into this story of chaos and the effect on mankind and the planet. I continued to read to know what would happen next and was left thinking about the novel as I was away from it.

The author's different writing styles and ideas were powerful and drew you in. Though the pieces were all so different it was never jarring or inconsistent. Instead the short stories were weaved together in a very clever way that highlighted each author's talent with words.

I was thoroughly impressed with the terror that the creatures that exited the rift created in me.

This book will have a lasting impact on me and I will recommend this to all I meet.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool concept! July 15, 2012
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Read this on my wife's Kindle. I was really intrigued by the anthology's concept and found it fascinating. I don't usually read science fiction, but I found this really interesting and the way the stories relate to each other kept me reading.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Horror Anthology of 2012 February 10, 2013
"An anthology posing as a novel? Or possibly a novel posing as an anthology."

I highly recommend that you read the intro first; it explains the concept behind this anthology, which is nothing short of fantastic, and the editor, Richard Salter, did an amazing job of putting it all together. World's Collider was not only the best anthology that I read in 2012, but it's the most remarkable story collection that I've ever read to date.

The individual accounts within this anthology, written by multiple authors with diverse writing styles, with various POVs and locations, create a larger story about a dimensional rift that opens in the middle of Europe.

While it reminds me slightly of the presentation of World War Z, Salter takes it even further by constructing a novel with short stories written separately by numerous authors. The intro explains the painstaking process.

The stories themselves will both terrify and thrill horror fans, describing mankind's struggle to survive the onslaught of demonic entities spilling into our world from the rift.

If you enjoy novels such as Craig DiLouie's Infection series, or Read the End First (edited by Suzanne Robb), you will relish the nightmares within the pages of World's Collider!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating World July 17, 2012
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This book is filled with great stories I've thoroughly enjoyed, but what truly sets it apart from other anthologies is the "shared world" idea. In any anthology, I usually just pick and choose a few stories to read, but this one works more like a novel and invites you to discover its entire world. Each short story sucks you in a bit further in as you follow the breadcrumbs, each intriguing in its own merit as well as making the anthology's world more intriguing. I've recommended it to ll my friends. Let's hope to see more anthologies like this!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept. July 14, 2012
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I have never before read an anthology that is structured like a novel. I must say, the idea is brilliant. All of the different writing styles merged together to produce a truly enjoyable reading experience. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys apocalyptic style stories.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Everything Falls Apart July 31, 2012
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Great concept! I was hooked and netted before I knew it. The stories were so varied and the voices so unique that they could only appear cohesive in a world that was shattered. Pieces were blown from one story to another in a most provocative way. Don't expect to surface into reality knowing the ending for each character...that's not how it works. Read it! You won't be sorry.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly brilliant! July 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was quite a surprise to me, I have to say. For a start, I am not a big fan of short stories, I like to really get stuck into a tale and short stories are a bit like having one bite of something really delicious and that's it, meal over. So I approached this book expecting it to be a sort of "cut and come again" type one story and set it aside until the next time I had ten minutes to spare.

Boy was I surprised! Through an amazing act of collaboration, these many and varied writers have combined their skills and created a cohesive whole out of all the parts. These "short stories" are not self contained writings but rather form chapters of a longer story, a story that had me clicking the page turn button well into the small hours. How all these people, living all over the world, have managed to write something that holds together as a gripping story that will have you wanting more and more, and yet maintained their own style as story tellers is beyond me. It's just absolutely brilliant.

Each writer picks up threads from the ones before and weaves them into his own story, each creating unique characters and horrors, but then allowing the next person to pick up the unfolding awfulness of what happens after the Large Hadron Collider is destroyed. It's seamless and yet you can hear each individual writer's voice as they tell their part.

If you like science fiction or horror, or both, then you will love this book. It's complex, clever and I want more, please!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge, complex, and awesome
Brilliantly put together. This book is HUGE and an incredible collection of short stories all following a central plot. Read more
Published 19 months ago by gEm
5.0 out of 5 stars World Class
First let me say that I rarely, if ever, give a 5 star review on anything. Really. What set this novel apart was that it has a unique format. Read more
Published 19 months ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
I love how all the stories coincide with the title. keep me on the tip of my chair. I hope he make another one like this.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know
I finished this book but it took me a lot longer then most others I have read. There was a lot of information to take in and process , not to mention all the characters. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Northerngirl
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not big on anthologies
But the editor and writers of this book did an excellent job of telling individual stories that kept true to the world they are set in.
Published on March 18, 2013 by f.stan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Anthology!
I picked it up a while ago on Kindle, but just got around to reading it. I shouldn't have waited!

World's Collider is a shared-world anthology that tells the story of a... Read more
Published on March 15, 2013 by David S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Overall found this to be an interesting read. It was one that I found difficult to put down. The only issue I had is a time or two I found the transition from one chapter to the... Read more
Published on December 20, 2012 by Jim C
2.0 out of 5 stars I find the Collider world a bit flat...
I enjoyed the concept of World's Collider: A Shared-World Anthology when the editor, Richard Salter, first proposed it on Facebook. Read more
Published on December 19, 2012 by Bill Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different...4.5 stars
The worst disaster in human history is only the beginning. An experiment involving the Large Hadron Collider goes horribly awry, causing what will be known for the next ten years... Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by Matthew Schiariti
5.0 out of 5 stars The Edge of Destruction
"World's Collider" is a bold experiment. Ostensibly, it's a sci-fi/horror anthology of the "shared world" scenario, with different authors setting their short stories in a common... Read more
Published on November 17, 2012 by Jason A. Miller
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