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Keystone Chronicles (Third Flatiron Anthologies) (Volume 17) Paperback – August 9, 2016
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These 19 science fiction and fantasy stories take the theme of “keystone events” and run with it in wildly, entertainingly different directions. In the disarmingly simple tale of Thomas Gaines, we meet the prospector who parlayed his rediscovery of the long lost Keystone Mine on a far-distant asteroid into immense wealth and fame. But in doing so, he left behind on that remote spec the love of his life: Pedra Angular, Komatsu, Ltd. Autonomous Miner Model 3326 and her budding artificial intelligence that allowed her to share Gaines’ fondness for the movie “Casablanca”.
And then we have the piece on “Our Problem Child: Langerfeld, the Moon”. Following the ruinous RepRip Wars, what little of it remains moves in a perilously unstable orbit. Yet, polls clearly reveal that shining as it still does in the distance, the moon remains an emotional “part of us”. That is, it does until it finally must be towed away to save Earth and what remains of civilization.
On a far smaller scale, we have the chronicle of a New York apartment hunter in “I Should Have Known Better.” He is a self-professed sucker, who rents a 1400 square foot pad in a prestigious building at a peanut price, only to discover on the first night the reason for the astronomical discount. His domicile stands at the crossroads where beings from different worlds and dimensions can pass from one to the other.
Kudos to former software engineer turned science and tech writer Juliana Rew, Third Flatiron Anthologies’ editor/publisher, who assembled this Keystone collection.