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Essential Reading in Science Fiction Paperback – December 15, 2009

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About the Author

The author has written over 140 speculative fiction short stories in the 7 years he has been writing speculative fiction. His publications include seven collections of short stories and two novellas. All of which are on Amazon. For some years he has been a regular contributor to both the Antipodean SF and the Beam Me Up Pod cast sites. In more recent times he has also become a regular contributor to the Farther Stars Than These site. He has also been published on a variety of other sci-fi sites including Bewildering Stories, 365 Tomorrows and the former Golden Visions magazine. He has written three sci-fi series: the 12 part “Alien Hunter” series for then Golden Visions Magazine in 2011/12, the “Trathh” series for the Beam Me Up Pod Cast site in 2012/13, and the “Human Hunter” series also for the Beam Me Up site in 2014/15.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449581889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449581886
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,283,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential Reading in Science Fiction by David Scholes seems to be neither of these.

I purchased this e-book and I read these all straight through to the very end.

This appears to be a collection of 24 stories that could very well stand alone. Yet there is this convoluted thread that runs through them all to make it look like a disjointed effort to make a novel.

I say this because the first story has a character named Urrle who at one place gets miss named as Earle. Earle seems to be a recurring character through out. And there are threads of Asgard myth's with Odin and Thor in prominence. And there is some almost faceless benevolent but non interfering alien race called the Brell. So, it becomes difficult at best to divorce these from one another. There are some other names recurring but often with disturbing conflicted time lines - such as Chris and Jenny.

This is what creates the rather disjointed whole at best.
It's not that these might not be good stories its just that my limited intelligence kept having me say "Huh" straight through to the end. I tried in my mind to break them up into their separate selves but that was just worse.
Maybe one of the people with glowing recommendations could help me out here.
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I managed to get around halfway through before giving up on this book. Early on there were some interesting short stories, but overall the quality was lacking.
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I'm sorry the writing just isn't very good. The stories miss some level of detail and gloss over things that would serve the setting well to explain.

It wasn't a fun read.
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I love science fiction. It fascinates me. There were only a few of them to choose from when I started reading them six decades ago. The problem today is an over-abundance of sci fi in an unbelievable range of genres. Thus there is a tendency to get lost. What is more, not even the most voracious reader can keep in touch with all of it.

Essential Reading kind of books are a great help in such cases, though not everyone will agree with everything that was selected or not selected. The same is true of this collection also.

I read the volume without any prejudice as to what ought to be and what not ought to be included -- mostly to get a different perspective. I must say that I enjoyed the book very much because of my perspective. Good selection!!
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If you're a fan of Perter Hamilton then try this collection of short stories. Scholes has the same universe-building talent with the added bonus of short stories that are easier to wrap the mind around and a nice collection of characters to become attached to. A novel in this universe would be great with these stories as its basis. One question...Why was Jenny so important?
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