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The Power of Six: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories (Short SSF Stories Book 1) by [Rossis, Nicholas C., Carpenter, Amos M.]
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"Philosophical ideas woven into science-fiction stories that read like classic stories by the masters, often with a delightful, thought-provoking and unexpected twist at the end."
- Jamie Maltman

"Phil K. Dick is up on a cloud laughing with glee"
- Ryan Schneider

From the Author

A little-known fact about writing your first book: unless you inform others of your intention well in advance, you might find yourself in an awkward position.  Like, when you present your manuscript to your parents so they can read it.  A couple of months later, when you ask if they have read it, your dad will go, slightly annoyed, "no, I'm re-reading Martin's books right now, so it'll have to wait." 

Then, a further couple of months later, he'll call you late at night to say, "great book, son, with some fantastic ideas!  I was totally hooked.  A page-turner; kept me up at night.  You know what this guy did?  He took historical elements from ancient Greece and created a space opera with them."

And you'll say, after a brief pause, "what guy?"

And your dad will say, in a confused voice, "why, whoever wrote this.  There was no name on the manuscript."

Now, what I should have said, of course, is something along the lines of "it's not really a space opera,dad, but a dark epic fantasy with a sci-fi twist, where the heroes face tough moral dilemmas, discovering themselves in the process."

But no-one talks to their dad this way, right?

So all I said, once I managed to stop laughing, was, "I wrote it, dad.  But I'm super glad you liked it even before you knew that."

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  • File Size: 1925 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
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  • Publication Date: May 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K57JTAA
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I love all 6 of this short Science Fiction Stories, by the bestselling author of “Pearseus Rise of the Prince”, and “The Schism” - Nicholas C. Rossis. My favorite story here is “A Fresh Start” – love is more important than gems- I also had a good chuckle at a certain part in this story, in my Minds’ Eye popped up a very funny picture- of the late Johann Sebastiaan Bach- that suddenly comes to life, lifts his eyebrow – then smirks, while huffing and puffing lifts his piano then wields it as if it’s a sword...
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This book by Nicholas C. Rossis has its feet planted firmly in the age-old question: “How real is reality, really?” Each short story in this collection focusing on a different scenario where things might not be exactly what they seem.

Simulation Over starts things off in fine sci-fi horror style with a lone man desperately trying to escape a monster infested building. But soon it becomes clear that the building’s central computer might be involved in the sudden apocalypse, and our survivor wonders how he can stop a runaway A.I. who has begun to contemplate the very nature of reality.

For the Last Time: a time machine story with a twist. Our lucky (or unlucky) recipient finding that every action — and every attempt to undo an action — only leads to even more unintended consequences.

The Hand of God follows a salty war veteran as he entertains a bar crowd with tales of his heroics during a devastating war. The narrative progresses as expected until the end, where it takes an unexpected turn.

The sci-fi atmosphere of old school classics is readily seen in I Come in Peace. Here a man who has shut himself away from the world is visited by an alien entity. The spirit promising to change his life!

A Fresh Start asks the question “Where would you be if you could be anywhere and do anything?” The main character being given this opportunity after stumbling into a creepy house.

The Sentry is another homage to classic science fiction. Here a young warrior diligently guards his family from monsters. While it sounds fairly standard, the ending surprises.

Big Bang by Amos A. Carpenter is a non-Rossis tale, but it definitely compliments the collection.
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Nicholas C. Rossis’ bestselling Pearseus series, I picked up this anthology, knowing that the short story format would make the book even more readable. I was right. I read the stories in one sitting (Simulation Over I had already read on Wattpad).

An all-powerful computer, an Adam Sandler-esque remote that enables time traveling, a real life/video game mesh, a willing host to an alien form of life, a haunted house/portal to the multiverse and a David-Goliath metaphor are Nicholas’ vehicles to portray his version of the Cartesian doubt: the fallibility of sensory perception. His main themes—ambition, greed, the need for human contact—all lead to questioning pure knowledge. What we see and feel is not necessarily the truth.

But if this concept sounds profound and philosophical, its delivery is anything but. The stories are very well written with surprising twists, rich detail (where needed) and a general light feel that makes moving from one to the next smooth and easy. What I particularly appreciated was that the main concept interconnected the stories, making this a seamless read. The writer’s choice not to bog the reader down with dozens of names for his stories’ characters also helped. All in all, I found this anthology a fascinating read, and I highly recommend it.
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I picked up Nicholas C. Rossis' book of short stories after reading the latest Pearseus installment. Mr. Rossis' storytelling style is one that drew my attention back after the latest novel and I was looking for a little more. The Power of Six (plus one) was a good collection of short stories and made for good afternoon reading. There are six stories by Nicholas Rossis and the last one is by Amos M. Carpenter. I'm just going to give a short synopsis/review of each story.

Simulation Over was an interesting story for lovers of AI stories. Our characters find themselves in strange circumstances within their office building and are struggling to get out. The AI in charge of the building apparently has some leftover issues from too many disaster simulations and that's where the fun begins. I enjoyed this story. It wasn't what I expected from the way the story began and I liked that.

For the Last Time is an interesting look at the problems of time travel. This story had some interesting points to think about and was enjoyable overall.

The Hand of God was right up my alley. As an avid gamer I especially found this story entertaining. As the description of the story states this is a story exploring what happens to a game's characters when there's no one to play. I had not read the description of the stories when I started the book. Mr. Rossis did a good job of getting the reader into the game so to speak.

I Come in Peace is an interesting story. I really enjoyed it. I liked the way the alien was incorporated into the story. For those who have read the Pearseus books the entity in this story should seem somewhat familiar.

Fresh Start was a story to make you think.
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