- File Size: 3161 KB
- Print Length: 167 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927598095
- Publisher: Digital Science Fiction, an imprint of Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.; 2 edition (October 16, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 16, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016SEPGY6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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There's some interesting insight into the human psyche and plays around with human form which I think elevates any genre of storytelling. These weren't heavy on anything super sciency or technical, so I think this'd appeal to folks who aren't already sci-fi fans. I was going to review this for a free or discounted rate, but ended up purchasing a Kindle edition. It's definitely worth getting and I'll now look for other installments in this series.
Great little e-book full of science fiction short stories by some very interesting authors.
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I love anthologies. I especially love anthologies of short stories. To me, a good SF short story anthology is like a greatest hits package you can look over, discovering new authors or some really good (or bad!) writing from established ones. And the fun part is looking for THAT story by THAT author who you can see might be The Next Big Thing.
The ten-story Pressure Suite anthology is Book 3 in a multi-book series, each an anthology itself. Per the preface: “Book 3 of Digital Science Fiction’s anthology series delves into the corners of the human psyche to push and prod and demonstrate how our species acts under varying degrees of adversity.” While I didn’t really get the vibe that there was any story in the series revolving around pressure or adversity any more than most sf stories – or most stories in general – this didn’t negatively affect the stories or the collection in any way.
To summarize, none of the stories in the anthology were bad, a few were simply average, others were good to excellent. Rather than review each story, I’ll cover the ones that really shone. They were:
50-Foot Woman Over Redgunk, Mississippi – by William R. Eakin. Simultaneously humorous and sad. How does an average woman growing more by the day into a giant act? Throw a nagging government agency and a romantic interest into the mix and you’ll get your answer -and lots of fun.
Brae na Urd – by R.J. Bell. Three men hitchhike into the mountains only to find upon their return that society has changed. And you can guess that it’s not going to be for the better. This little tale takes advantage of the current apocalyptic rage you’re seeing in TV and movies today. I don’t want to give away any more than that but I really enjoyed the buildup and the story left me feeling a little disturbed – which is what it was supposed to do.
Pressure and the Argument Tree – by Kyle Aisteach. If you enjoy a nail-biter (in this case, a rescue mission on Venus being performed by a man while having an e-argument with his wife) built around hard science, this one’s for you.
The Crossing – by Fox McGeever. This was my favorite story in the anthology. So much so, I went out and located some of his other stories and discovered that indeed, this is one of those writers we should be paying more attention to. The Crossing is about a student searching for his missing genius professor, and is one of those stories that builds and builds and then POW – you’re reeling off your seat yelling at the top of your lungs. Didn’t see THAT coming!
Son of Man – by Jason Palmer. A man living alone on his own colonized piece of rock in space is bitten by a spider and things begin to go very wrong. Visually, very well written and dark. I could see this story being remade into a very dark SF or even horror film. Jason Palmer should shop this one around to some movie agents in the genre.
I really enjoyed Pressure Suite and will be picking up another anthology in the series (and reviewing it!) soon.