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- Publisher: Zoltán Pósfai (June 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FSOB2RW
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The description of the collection does a pretty good job at summarizing what each is about, so I won’t rehash that. Instead I’ll give my general thoughts and feelings for each.
Thirty-six righteous people: Definitely my least favorite of the four. Parts of it made me feel not inclined to keep reading, but other parts made me keep going. The premise was very plausible given current events, but something about the execution and plot line did not sit right with me or intrigue me that greatly.
Big Loop: This story, on the other hand, was interesting all the way through. The characters were defined in the short period of time, but they don’t really matter—it is the science/sci-fi going on that does. I like how what happens in it felt so realistic and scientific for lack of a better term. The author’s note at the end of it really honed in on that and it sealed the experience as a cautionary tale.
Remember: I think this one is my favorite. It has twists and turns to it, as it is expected to have—it is about memory modification. That is just a ripe concept for plot twists and shocking reveals and it delivered in a way I did not guess, but enjoyed nonetheless. It goes the full length of what memory modification can mean and I liked that.
Mœbius relationship: This is the most confusing and perplexing. The author’s note said it was based off a dream, which makes perfect sense. It doesn’t make sense and that makes sense, if that makes any sense. There are no straight answers or clear cut resolution. It just happens and the readers are left struggling to come up with something, which is fun. At least, it is for me. It is open ended. I can’t say that it is my favorite, but I liked reading it and thinking about it afterwards.
The writing quality is pretty consistent between them. More direct and dry than fluffy, which fits the scientific angle the author was going for through all of them. I don’t recall major typos or hangups, but I had a semi-major gripe of the author using hyphens before dialogue. It really bothered me because it is not typical at all and it confused me at first but I became used to.
Anyway. Did I enjoy theses stories? Yes, but not tremendously. I don’t imagine myself picking it up to re-read anytime soon, but I do recommend it for people craving a more hardcore sci-fi anthology.
Posfai managed to create short stories that were engaging, intriguing, and explained the "what if" questions behind the stories. It's like asking "what if we got too close to a black hole", then following the possibilities down the rabbit hole until you come up with a good story.
Or in Posfai's case, really good stories.
The first story, I must say was only "decent". It was a war story, sort of, built on a fictitious war (I think). Not fictitious in the way it was completely made up, but in the way that is perpetuated by those in the know. The idea was vaguely "Matrix-y", but without Neo, Morpheus, or terrible tropes. Instead, you get the story of a young strategist that is freaking out about an anomaly, only to be given a choice to join the ranks of those in the know... or have his life's work destroyed.
The second story, The Big Loop, floored me. I remember having similar discussions about what would happen if we could space jump to different dimensions and universes in my astrophysics classes. While our convos were the stuff of alcohol or caffeine (depending on time of day), this was the stuff of geeks talking science and possibilities limited only by our engineering and human conditions.
The third story, Remember, was all together different for me. It's a cautionary tale of what happens when we don't really control technology, but yet allow it to control us. It's a bit of a horror story, too, for the visceral feeling it leaves you with as you let yourself sink into this morbid, dystopian possibility for a future.
The fourth story was by far the most confusing for me -- but not because I didn't get the story line. It was because I started asking questions. A man leaves a mysterious package to be delivered at a certain place at a certain time, then dies of a heart attack. The message is delivered, and it's tied to the story. Which would be tied to the family in a very weird, gross way. Did she birth herself? Argh. So many possibilities of crazy, so little time to explore them all.
All in all, Posfai's stories are short, thought provoking, and really could be expanded into amazing full length novels that would essentially warp minds.