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Alasdair’s Introduction serves as a tempting appetizer for sci-fi fans to read this collection: ‘This collection of short stories was put together to showcase the variety of talented authors writing science fiction today. The twelve chosen come from around the world, including the US, Britain, Canada, Taiwan, and China. Each tale presented here explores the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. And the reactions produced range, as they often do, from hope to fear.’
The summaries of the tales plead to read the entire stories - 1) ‘The world is nothing but a dry husk of itself. Jacob Heinlein has lost his home, everyone he knew, and hope. While on a journey to the mythical ocean, an unforgiving sun beating down on him, Jacob finds himself in a town with a source of fresh, clean water. However, there is a “Tithe” to pay for the privilege of staying. 2) In “Exodus”, the orphaned children of Old Earth are scattered across the solar system, protected from the darkness by god-like beings fashioned from lost technologies. But something has changed. Ancient rules have been broken, and after centuries of isolation one of these beings approaches Mars with overtly hostile intent. A defence must be marshalled, and the coming conflagration could result in the destruction of one of the last bastions of man. Humanity had aimed for the stars and a glorious future in space. The alien’s arrival had tarnished that shiny dream. Now the first AIs are fully coming online, even while the government tries to block their use, and humanity is once again looking to the future. 3) “First Bonding” tells of the illegally-created level 8 AI known as Genghis, and his reactions to an alien attack. In “Ice Dreamer” (4), lab technician Prussis has dreamed all her life of reviving someone from the past. Whilst no-one understands why she keeps trying, she works long hours defrosting heads. In her latest attempt, what happens is the last thing she expects. Then in “The Nanny” (5), the first natural birth in over two hundred years brings a new life to Cardea’s family. Despite the risks, she and her husband are determined to raise a family the old fashioned way. But social habits die hard. The war with a forgotten conqueror has been over for decades, but that doesn’t mean the Earth has recovered. Life in the American Midwest is only getting more dangerous. His town besieged by hunter-killer drones left over from the conflict, gifted high school senior Daniel Bell would give his “Right Hand” (6) to make the Army believe that the machines are somehow not being harmed by their operations. 7) “What Make is Your Cat?” welcomes you to London-Atlantis where, after the tsunami, your cat has higher social status and earning power than you do, and evolution is an elite, designer trend you can’t afford to join. Three-month-old Clem faces his first day of “Kaxian Duty” (8) with anxiety. He is keen to find out what his assignment will be, but runs into distractions on the way to headquarters. Training will be hard. Mistakes will be punished. Oh, and his tail has a mind of its own, which doesn’t help matters any. Ary had known he was destined to be a starship captain his whole life. After all, his mother was Captain Sandy and his father was the guy who was supposed to be Fleet Admiral. However, the prospect of attending the Spaceforce Academy was daunting. Enough to make Ary question his future. In his first few weeks there will be quite a few “Lessons Learned”(9). Bounty hunter Braillen takes a new job on “The Humra”(10) to get close to her mark. When the crew discover her identity she is whisked in front of the captain. She must face her nightmares if she wants to finish the job and realise her deepest desire. New captains take command in a variety of situations. Sometimes the passage isn’t an easy one. In “The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist” (11) , Asarik Leah is sent to replace ShipLord Till and lead his InquiryShip on a dangerous new mission. Tradition demands she proves herself fit to take his place. And in our last story, newly-promoted Commander Olivia Johnson is posted to the destroyer “Repulse”(12. Most of the officers are dead and the remaining crewmembers are exhausted. Johnson must step up to the mark and lead them back into battle despite her personal misgivings.’
Tempting, no - irresistible! This is a fine and varied in topic collection sure to please. Grady Harp, November 16
Alasdair Shaw is the author I'm referring to and his was the closing story in this collection. It was actually a prequel to his recent series and gives us an early view of the Captain of a Destroyer who advanced to this command because so many others were killed in action. She's barely found her way onto the bridge of the heavily damaged warship when a surprise attack occurs.
Review by THE HOLEY ONE
My favourites in this collection are (no spoilers) -
First Bonding - Tom Germann
Very cleverly written. I had no idea where this story was going, but was very pleased when it went where it did.
Ice Dreamer - JJ Green
Loved this story. Made me think of the moral and cultural dilemmas which may be involved in our future. Particularly relevant with the recent news of a 14 year old's dying wish.
Kaxian Duty - Cherise Kelley
Brilliantly well told tale that was so realistic it had me giggling with laughter.
Lessons Learned - J Naomi Ay
The pressure of living up to successful generations before you, and what happens when you take a sneaky shortcut.
The Hawk of Destiny's Fist
I adored this story of secrets kept between generations, and the power of bloody tradition.
Repulse - Alasdair Shaw
A new leader knows when to put her trust in an already battered and bruised team.
That's not to say that the other stories are bad - they aren't - just a little less impactful than my favourites. One thing's for sure, my 'To Be Read' pile will now be the length of the Great Wall of China with the addition of these authors! Well worth a read.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an eARC of this title.
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