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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Pill Hill Press (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617060003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617060007
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,232,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon K on November 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I haven't read a volume of short stories since, well, since about forever. I like getting engrossed in the plot and feel of a full-length novel. However, I picked up a copy of Zero Gravity while on an extended trip, and I read it immediately following a great but lengthy novel by Carol Berg. My flight was going to land in about an hour, so the short story format seemed appropriate to read one or two before landing, going through customs and immigration, getting a ride to the hotel, etc. I am glad I made that choice.

One thing I really liked about the collection is that is was true scifi. I like fantasy, but I do miss the lack of science fiction coming out nowadays. As a kid, I was raised on scifi--now it seems to be fading in popularity, with fantasy, vampires, and the like taking over the shelf space.

As with any collection of short stories, it can tend to be hit-or-miss, but with Zero Gravity, the hits outnumber the misses. And to further elevate the collection, they seem to go together well, to compliment each other.

"Junker's Fancy," by Rosemary Jones, sets the tone of the collection with a well-written story about a woman who sails the solar system in search of junked ships. Jones does an excellent job of getting the feel of how it might be to cruise alone like that, worrying about making enough to stay in business. When she finds a nice abandoned ship, she knows she can get her finances back in the black, until she realizes that the ship is not quite abandoned. There is a survivor. Her emotions are very well described as she struggles to bring the ship back in time to save the survivor. This is quite a good story and proves that scifi does not have to revolve around technology, but rather the people in that environment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred L. Warren on September 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you love stories about lone-wolf pilots, sentient spaceships, interplanetary power politics, rogue computers, lost colonies, and Terrors From Beyond, Zero Gravity, a new anthology of science fiction adventures from Pill Hill Press, will light your boosters and shove you deep into your acceleration couch.

To infinity! And...well, you know.

Anthologies are often a grab bag of stories that don't quite fit together. In Zero Gravity, Editor Alva J. Roberts has selected 13 short stories that coexist nicely--they all have a space opera-ish feel to them, a "new frontier" spirit embodied in a human race beginning to extend its boundaries into near space and beyond. The authors pay tribute to a variety of intrepid explorers, adventurers, and entrepreneurs--people of courage, determination, and ingenuity. We witness wonders, and horrors, in those dark, lonely places between the stars.

Zero Gravity leads off with "Junkers Fancy," by Rosemary Jones. It's the winsome tale of a young salvager living by her wits among the asteroid fields between Jupiter and Mars who discovers something unexpected in a wrecked spaceship. A feel-good story with a spunky heroine and a hint of romance.

A smuggler runs into trouble when his metahuman cargo escapes from a sealed compartment, in Scott W. Baker's "Leech Run." Leeches drain electrical energy--a dangerous ability that has marked them for genocide. The missing leech seems to have plans beyond safe passage to a friendlier star system, and if Titan doesn't figure out what's going on, it could cost him a lot more than his commission. A locked-room mystery that introduces an intriguing universe and characters that deserve more exploration.
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My Blurb:

Collection of short science fiction space stories written by various Authors.

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I actually really ended up enjoying this book. There were several really good short stories through out the book.

I don't usually end up reading Various Author type books only because I love a good long detailed book and most VA type books really lack the 'meat' that a regular book gives a story but this book wasn't like that. Each story was unique in the telling and well written.

Fabulous way for me to find more Authors to research and more books to read (as if I need any more lol).

If you enjoy Sci - Fi you'll want to read this entertaining collection. Not only will you enjoy the stories within the book you'll be introduced to Authors you may have never seen before.

Melissa
Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
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Zero Gravity: Adventures in Deep Space is a theme anthology, my favorite kind. There is a variety of stories about humans, aliens, computers, and clones in space, and some of them are nasty!
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