- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Raven Electrick Ink (September 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981964311
- ISBN-13: 978-0981964317
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia Paperback – September 7, 2010
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Although some of these pieces are only nominally related to the time of their setting, overall, what we have here are moments from the recent past, viewed aslant. --Lois Tilton, Locus Online Reviews
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Some stories included in the anthology:
Hula Hoop by Jude-Marie Green, opens up the anthology with a visually stunning story. The images just pop right off the pages.
Storm on Fifth Avenue by Neil Coghlan, visits the Empire State Building during it's construction. Although this time it is haunted by the German Navy.
Beat People by Bruce Boston, is a short poem about how the world would have been if the Beats had stuck around. I really enjoyed this brief glimpse into Beat life and what it would have been like if the Beats ran things.
New and Improved by Jennifer Rachel Baumer, visits a housewife who wants more out of life. Only we find out we've traveled back in time to this housewife in order to fight aliens that are attacking. This one hits home about the life of housewives in the 50's/60's (I'm estimating here, it's not stated in the story) and then puts that extraterrestrial spin on.
Zeb by Karen A. Romanko, is a story set in the 70's warning readers about meeting men in clubs. You never know if they are really aliens in "disguise" trying to abduct you. This one got a few chuckles out of me. The disguise the aliens chose is hilarious.
The Fix by Marge Simon, takes us back to the 1940's, and shows readers how certain inventions got pushed forward in their creators heads. Lets just say someone had to get in those heads to clear up the jumbled mess and pick out what was important. The Fix is unique, and I really think this one could be a full fledged novel. Very cool.
Mercury 13 - And Beyond by Brenta Blevins, shows us what could have been if women were the only ones who could travel to space. Thus resulting in a female President much sooner than later.
I enjoyed all of the tales in Retro Spec, some more than others, but overall they are fun short stories that will have you laughing or really get you thinking about the past and how things really happened.