- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Polis Books (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940610524
- ISBN-13: 978-1940610528
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alien occupation has never been so dark and sexy. Occupied Earth is The Fifth Wave meets Robopocalypse, in the best way possible.”
Michelle Gagnon, author of the PERSEFONE series
"Plenty of applicable social commentary. We get to read tales of heroes and martyrs, as well as traitors and collaborators, although the lines are often blurred. A fantastic collection of short stories that deliver in a cohesive narrative. Highly recommended."
"The narrative universe feels cohesive and genuine, making it easy to invest yourself in the champions and villains alike. Occupied Earth is collaborative sci-fi done right."
Manhattan Book Review
"Clearly, these writers know what they're doing. The stories range from brutal and R-rated to straight-up sci-fi action. One neat thing about the book as a complete entity is the presence of hope. It's not dystopia and misery. The oppressed plan to rebel. The good guys aim to fight. That's good stuff."
"A unique and impressive anthology that deserves to be brought to the attention of science fiction fans everywhere...a terrifically entertaining read with deftly crafted short stories that will linger in the mind and memory long after this outstanding anthology is finished and set back upon the shelf. Very highly recommended."
Midwest Book Review
"Fans of alien invasion” sci-fi, near-future dystopia, post-apoc (though this isn’t strictly that), and good old classic science-fiction will find much to engage in this diverse yet unified collection of quality sci-fi stories."
About the Author
Gary Phillips is the author of the Ivan Monk series, and is the author of numerous novels and graphic novels. He co-edited and contributed to the acclaimed Black Pulp, has short stories in the upcoming Asian Pulp and Jewish Noir, and wrote Big Water, a graphic novel about the fight for that most precious of resources. A reviewer said of his novella The Extractors, about a one percenter who steals from the one percent -- "Gary never disappoints. Great plots and complex and interesting characters, McBleak being one of them." He lives in Los Angeles.
Contributors to the anthology include:
Rachel Howzell Hall
David W. Hall
Adam L. Korenman
Matthew V. Clemens
Howard V. Hendrix
Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Richard M. Johnson
Craig Faustus Buck
Adam Lance Garcia
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There weren't a lot of familiar names in this anthology, at least they weren't familiar to me, they may be to you, and they certainly are to the writers themselves.
Each writer manages to tell a solid story of life in the aftermath of an alien invasion, and at the same time keep the overall mythos of the new Earth consistent throughout. Kudos to editors Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips who, no doubt, played a big part in pulling that off.
Hunter X – Parts 1-3 by Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips
Richard and Gary are the editors of the anthology. Richard is a native Californian, has always been a lover of stories and storytelling. He has worked as a writer, actor, bookseller, story editor, book reviewer, movie and television Development Executive, and audiobook narrator. Gary has family roots in Texas and the Mississippi Delta, he's a native of L.A. and was editor of the bestselling Orange County Noir. His graphic novel about a money launderer, The Rinse, has been optioned for television.
The Hunter X story is split into three parts. It starts and ends the anthology and there's another piece about midway through the book. In this story FBI Special Agent, Paul Hunter, and his partner, JoHannas-ra, make up the first Mahk-Ra-human investigative team. "...a shining symbol of interspecies cooperation. Harmony among the species and all that." Told with a touch of humor, this story sets the stage fort the rest of the anthology.
Do No Harm by Rachel Howzell Hall and David W. Hall
Rachel Howzell Hall is the author of the critically-acclaimed mystery series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise Norton. David Hall is the Design Director for the digital arm of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). This is his first story collaboration with his wife writer Rachel Howzell Hall.
Years after the Mahk-Ra occupation two EMTs just doing their job stumble upon a scene which will change their lives again. Just because the Mahk-Ras can do whatever they like doesn't make it right.
Pike Street Pick-Up by Adam L. Korenman
Adam Korenman has been dabbling in writing for most of his life, but only recently began spilling the crazy thoughts down on paper. Adam is also a Captain with the Army National Guard, serving with a company of tankers in California.
Pike Street Pick-Up is a fine story of a street urchin and pickpocket who lifts more than he bargains for from a Mahk-Ra official.
Union Day by Lisa Morton
Lisa is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, a recipient of the Black Quill Award, and winner of the 2012 Grand Prize from the Halloween Book Festival. She also knows more about Halloween than just about anyone in the world.
Union Day is a Halloween story, of sorts, set in this shared world of alien domination.
How the Game is Played by Rob Hart
Rob Hart has been a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the City of New York. His debut novel, New Yorked, was published by Polis Books in June 2015.
How the Game is Played shows how even with the occupation it's politics as usual.
Strange Alliance by Cliff Allen
Cliff is a lifelong fan of the space program, and that has led to an avid interest in science fiction as a literary form.
Strange Alliance features clever storytelling and good writing. It's about a merciless human who rises high in the ranks of the Mahk-Ra.
Hope by Matthew V. Clemens
Matthew V. Clemens is a long-time co-conspirator with Max Allan Collins, the pair have collaborated on over twenty novels – including CSI and Criminal Minds TV tie-in books.
Hope is another well-told story of occupation and resistance and how one should never jump to conclusions.
Location, Location, Location by Howard V. Hendrix
Howard Hendrix is the award-winning author of six novels, as well as numerous non-fiction books and short stories.
A prime example of how life goes on after the occupation. The story of an ex-astronaut turned real estate agent working to make a sale of a movie making property to the Mahk-Re.
Letting Go the Ghosts by Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte have written more than 60 novels between them. They’ve also written dozens of short stories, separately and together.
For the Occupied Earth anthology they've written a powerful story of the Taovayan native Anerican tribe continuing to make their way under Mahk-Ra occupation. Now comes an offer for the mineral rights to their land that the Taovayan cannot refuse, but not everyone believes they should sell.
A Day in the Life by R. M. Johnson
Richard M. Johnson is a screenwriter, copywriter, playwright, and poet. His short stories can be found in several anthologies. He is also a performer and photographer and uses both avocations as excuses to occasionally get out of the house and into the sun.
Another solid story. This one set in occupied L.A.
Second Coming by Craig Faustus Buck
Craig Faustus Buck is an LA-based writer for both print and screen. He is President of Mystery Writers of America SoCal chapter, a member of the board of Sisters in Crime LA, and an active member of the Writers Guild of America and International Thriller Writers.
This was my personal favorite story in the anthology. Quite an original tale. I would love to see this given a longer treatment someday.
The Devil You Know by Jessica Kaye
Jessica Kaye is a partner at Kaye & Mills (www.kayemills.com), a law firm specializing in publishing and entertainment. She is an audiobook producer of hundreds of audiobooks, more than a few of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards.
Another well told story of Mahk-Ra and humans working together, with a nice twist.
Johnny and the Warehouse Women by Nathan Walpow
Nathan Walpow is a prolific writer, a past president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion.
A simple warehouse robbery uncovers a prostitution ring involving Mahk-Re women. From there, things get a bit complicated.
Traitor by Adam Lance Garcia
Adam Lance Garcia was raised on comic books, movie serials, and lightsabers. In addition Adam has also worked as a full-time television producer and a part-time screenwriter.
A brilliant story of revenge.
Occupied Earth: Stories of Aliens, Resistance and Survival at all Costs is out now from Polis Books and is available in paperback, e-book, MP3, and Audible formats.
I definitely recommend this collection - perfect for a summer beach read or a winter's day in front of a roaring fire!
Some of the stories were very interesting and others not so much. Some seemed to suffer from short-story syndrome where introductions are rushed and characters must be super-competent to allow progress to occur in a short space because there's no time for failure and growth in a short story. Also, I know story twists are great, but you can't have almost ever short story have all the important human characters belong to the resistance and still expect it to be a surprise.
Background: I typically buy my Kindle books as part of the Kindle Daily Deals and plan them for airplane reading or times when I am away from home and cannot do more exciting or responsible tasks. This means that my standards are not too high and I am looking for books in the beach read category under the fantasy/sci-fi genres. I try to rate fairly on the star scale and personally consider anything 3 stars and up to be fine.