- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: World Weaver Press (January 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615959245
- ISBN-13: 978-0615959245
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,319,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures Paperback – January 28, 2014
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"Daring adventure, protagonists who think on their feet, and out of this world excitement! Welcome to FAR ORBIT, a fine collection of stories in the best SF tradition. Strap in and enjoy!" -- Julie E. Czerneda, author of SPECIES IMPERATIVE
About the Author
Bascomb James is a clinical virologist, author, and editor who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has authored a hat-full of scientific papers, authored or edited four scientific textbooks, contributed numerous textbook chapters, and presented countless scientific lectures and workshops. A science-fiction fan since childhood, Bascomb credits his interest in science, engineering, and invention to the sci-fi stories he read as a child.
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The anthologist has done a great job of compiling works for this book. This is quality stuff- all of the stories are well written, nuanced, and entertaining. Despite being short stories, you'll be surprised by how far into each world you're drawn, and how much you learn about the characters.
I love sci fi. I have since I was a kid and have read a ton. This anthology is a great addition to the genre, and I'm glad I found it!
Almost every story in this book left me feeling better than before I had read it. They are upbeat and hopeful about humanities chances without being sappy. There's still death and destruction, but you root for your heroes and don't feel traumatized afterwards.
Also, while every story deals with space, each story has a different aspect of space Sci-Fi. One story has a contemporary location and technology. One story is about space pirates. Another story is about space cowboys. There is so much variation on the theme of Positive Space Sci-Fi. It's awesome!
So if you're tired of scary, judgmental Sci-Fi, or if you want a collection of good reads, I highly recommend Far Orbit from World Weaver Press. I was so happy to read this book. It was a buoy in a time of grim, dark reads.
That being said, I'm a big fan of dark stuff. Horror, sometimes, if it's not gross, but mostly the deep stuff that makes you think. Or maybe makes you cry. Perhaps even the stuff the open letter refers to.
But just because something is lighter or ends on a happy note doesn't mean it's fluff. These stories are about something more--they explore character depth and diverse, fascinating situations.
My favorites were "Obsidianite," which was the most emotionally striking; "The Vringla/Racket Incident," which made me chuckle; and "Starship Down," whose alien life forms struck me as cool, since I'm a sucker for a good alien-life-form story.
A few of the standout stories to me were:
Open For Business, by Sam Kepfield, is a tale of (practically current day) entrepreneurs starting up an asteroid mining company, and the fall out from doing so.
Composition in Death Minor, by Kevin Jewell, where a cellist assassin has to make a choice.
Spaceman Barbecue, by Peter Wood, is a Twilight Zone-esque throwback with a happy ending.
A Game of Hold'em, by Wendy Sparrow, is an Old West tale set on a colony world.
And I think my favorite was Bear Essentials, by Julie Frost, about a small trading vessel run by a grumpy man and his adult daughter, along with their small crew. This tale has them transporting a live bear from one world to another, along with an unusual passenger, and discovering something amazing along the way. I definitely want to read more stories about this crew (especially if that bear comes back).
Need a quick fix of good old-fashioned science fiction? Far Orbit is it!
An eARC of Far Orbit was provided to me by the publisher for review (thanks!), and this review is posted at [...]
I have not enjoyed a sci-fi read this much in a really long time. Far Orbit takes the dreary, normally battle-filled genre and turns it completely on its head. With stories that are fun, hilarious and unexpected, there was a new adventure at every turn. I also loved the tidbits of history that preceded each chapter. It's always easy to forget how a genre has changed over the course of the years.
I have two favorite aspects of this anthology:
1) The fact that there was so much diversity. Not just by race and gender (which was so refreshing), but by the characters' backgrounds as well -- there were stories about entrepreneurs, ones about martians, ones about pirates (yes, pirates in space) -- I mean, there is never a lack of excitement when no two settings are alike.
2) The characters were believable and fleshed out -- even in such short stories -- not an easy feat, I can assure you! Each character could have had their very own spinoff and you would've wanted to read each one. It amazed me how these authors were able to cram so many wonderful character flaws and traits into so little time. Loved them all!