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Troublesome is a general ignorance of the difference between the past tense and a past participle (shrank not shrunk, sank not sunk). Add the lack of understanding of “to lay” and “to lie” (transitive versus intransitive) and the grammatical naïveté becomes clearer. Other irritations abound.
Even more annoying are the spelling errors which are not typos. People fasten their hands with grips like sin (vice) rather than a tool (vise). “Affect” and “effect” seem interchangeable in both noun and verb forms.
Pronoun case (objective versus subjective) seems arcane knowledge for several writers, who produce, for example, “for he and I” instead of “for him and me.”
And punctuation rules are apparently mysterious, particularly comma usage (e.g., an embedded appositive phrase must be bound by commas; the name of a person being addressed in a direct quote must be set off by a comma). Quotation marks, hyphenation, colons, semicolons, em dashes versus hyphens, etc., are often used erroneously.
And all those dangling participial phrases…oy.
All these glitches disrupt the reader experience by preventing continued immersion in the story being told. Most of the stories in this anthology are compelling, yet marred by technical faults as small as one letter that changes word meaning or a missing comma.
Future respect and responsibility to the reader will, I hope, be more manifest.
This book is actually a collection of excerpts or short prequels, followed by ads for the (not free) books, and therefore most are "open-ended" or inconclusive. That being said, they are okay stories. There is some completely unnecessary and ineffective use of the "F" word, usually one time near the beginning - perhaps authors think this grabs attention immediately? Yes, but not in a good way for me. I find it to be a weak way of writing, especially when it sets a tone the author (thankfully) doesn't continue.
If you're looking to browse a variety of authors, this is perfect. You get a taste of what kind of story you're in for before committing to an entire novel.
For me, the two stand out stories were known-to-me-already Patty Jansen's Luminescence and new-to-me James Wells' Glome.
Patty Jansen's story about an artificial human on Titan with her human partner who encounters a strange sphere hits all the right spots for my personal taste: believable futuristic technology helping human habitat, social justice issues, and a mystery. I would totally go and read more about the future she's created and how artificial humans and humans work out their issues. But I kind of already knew that since I've read and enjoyed Jansen's fantasy stories before.
James Well's Glome was super cool to me in the way really scientifically thorough depictions of space travel (in this story one way condensed space holes called Glomes) that feature protagonists with relatable conflicts can be. There's more than meets the eye to protagonist Amanda's worries about colonizing new planets and contacting Earth.
I'm also an Anthea Sharp fan, but felt the story of street rats breaking into a space station in her Victoria Eternal World didn't quite peak my interest enough for me to follow up. I go to science fiction for the coolness factor, and most of this story centered on social injustice and kind of futuristic steampunkery.
But for those looking for new science fiction series to start, I recommend this anthology. It has a nice variety from romance-heavy to science-heavy stories to choose from.
Perhaps if you are already into these author's series then reading prologues will be entertaining in its own right. Or, if you're deliberately looking for a series to get into, perhaps these prologues will help you choose one. But as short stories in their own right, most of these are failures.
I'm hopeful I'll enjoy each of the stories this much.