- File Size: 456 KB
- Print Length: 149 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Masquerade Publishing (September 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F5K4XZS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology Kindle Edition
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The reason I gave this collection five stars is I am comparing it to other similar works that do not have a string of award winners contributing. Keep that in mind. In that context this is , like a stock, a strong buy.
The various writers are listed in the back with links to their blogs, etc. I will occasional check on all.
A computer programmer finds himself in a future where there are two new worlds. One operates entirely on the imagination of its inhabitants, and in the other, everyone works to grow what they need. He has to decide between focusing on his own needs as an individual and be entirely alone, or becoming part of a community where everyone works for each other. I found the concept pretty interesting. The moral dilemma here is something that occurs often - Do I work only for my own benefit, or do I help others? I rather liked the surprise ending.
A scientist takes an unauthorized trip into the future in a time machine he is paid to maintain. The results are less than favourable. It's quite well written, but I feel there could have been more done with it in the way of content and character analysis.
An FBI agent follows a lead on his missing fiancé, and ends up in a warehouse where he is jumped into the future by two hundred years. It is not a great place to be. He has only 24 hours to find his girl and get back to the spot he started from. If he doesn't, he's stuck there. This has a fast moving and well written plot line, with a satisfying ending. I liked it very much.
This is a pretty good story. It uses a timepiece as a vehicle to go through time where a society exists where only people who test clean from diseases or other anomalies get to live and reproduce. It was intelligently and believably written. The ending leaves the reader wanting more, much more, as in a sequel.
Four friends take a road trip from Chicago, to Peoria Illinois. The trip is interrupted by a recurring bank of strange clouds, which transports them through time in increments. Each increment bodes worse for the future. The story has good character analysis, and a believable story line. The ending is unexpected. This was one of my favourites.
A rich man with a terminal illness is put into hibernation until a cure is found. He is awoken eight hundred years later, in a society where people are born, educated, and grown to adulthood in hibernation chambers. He is told that the world as he knew it was destroyed. All that remains is a totally enclosed self sufficient city. It seems like a true utopia, until he discovers that the entire society is not what it pretends to be. The ending has something of a preachy feel to it, but it's still an excellent piece.
The Mountains Haven't
This is an interesting take on the time travel theme. A woman in a small town sets off towards the mountains, to find answers for some deep questions. Along the way, she must prepare herself for the answers when she finds them. A pretty good read. It starts off pretty slow, but gets better.
I’m not a big anthology reader, but I really did love this one. For one, I love science fiction and secondly I do love a good short story. And believe me, there are some awesome short stories in here.
I’ll be totally predictable and say that my personal favourite was the anthology’s namesake: Forbidden Future. The main character was well-developed and interesting and the future he was thrust into was somewhat believable. And the ending was tragic and yet hilarious, but I can’t explain too much or that would spoil the awesome surprise. I won’t critique each short story, but on the whole I could relate to the characters and the futures were interesting. It’s hard to fit a whole new future into just a short story, but these authors were pretty awesome and managed to achieve it. Some futures were fantastic, others terrifying. There was a good balance in the selection of the stories because no two really predicted similar futures.
The one thing I had a gripe with was the editing. This is The Masquerade Crew’s first anthology and some of the editing was, admittedly, a little rough. There were basic typographical errors that should have been caught and I’m hoping they’ll be corrected in any subsequent editions. I don’t think there were enough to really distract from the story, but they are there and they are noticeable.
There’s a little something for everyone in Forbidden Future. There’s stories that get very technical for those fans of hard science fiction, but there’s also more character-driven stories for people like me who don’t necessarily understand a great deal of science. Yet in all the stories the main characters are interesting and characterization certainly wasn’t sacrificed in the world-building process. Each author had an unique voice and so did their characters.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the anthology. It never really had a weak story that I just wanted to skip through; all of the stories here were pretty strong. I look forward to future anthologies by The Masquerade Crew. And with the anthology on sale on Amazon for $.99 until December 7th, where can you go wrong?
I give this book 4.5/5 stars, rounded up to 5 stars for Amazon rating purposes.
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