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Michael Bunker's story, "The Santa Anna Gold" glows with his unique voice. I couldn't help but smile as I read the story, and yet, the final outcome was unexpected.
Susan Kaye Quinn's "Corrections" was, to me, one of the most original applications of time-travel that I've read, and I really would love to see more from this world. This one would make a great movie. Hello, Hollywood?
Samuel Peralta's "Hereafter" was probably one of my favorites because it made me cry the kind of ugly-tears of a story that truly resonates. Beautiful prose, as well as an intriguing look into theory. I fell in love with the characters, and then got my heart broken.
Eric Tozzi's "Reentry Window" is one of the stories that every space-traveling astronaut of the present & future should be required to read. The real-world application of his time-travel was "ah" inducing. Imagining this "really happening" is going to occupy much of my daydreaming time in my future.
Nick Cole's "The Swimming Pool of the Universe" combines a tough-guy military perspective with a surprisingly sweet view of what goes on inside the heads of those we send off into time's dark regions. I genuinely liked a character that I can truly imagine being invented to help future travelers, and it made me laugh.
Jennifer Ellis' "The River" delves into the conundrum of what we would change in time if we could travel back and forth to our worst/best moments. But it's also a sweet yet complicated love-story. Excellent.
Christopher G. Nuttall's "A Word in Pompey's Ear" explores whether time-travel would ever be able to "fix" the theoretical problems that we who like to debate the "what ifs" of history.
Ann Christy's "Rock or Shell" explores time-travel from a really unique angle-- the "Black Swan" hypothesis of apocalyptic planet change. It reminds me of the work of sci-fi great James Tiptree, and I am glad to see someone working with this kind of idea.
Irving Belateche's "The Mirror" is another of the stories in the collection that explores the past as our time-travel destination, and the intricacies of how humans truly do travel through time. It's haunting, and beautiful, and tragically a little dark.
MeiLin Miranda's "Reset" is yet another of the stories that I would call a favorite. I like the way she handles the idea of multiple lifetimes, and the question of why someone would go through a time-travel event like this, and the consequences to a person's friends and family was genuinely thought-provoking. The author's note about how Miranda wrote the story is almost as interesting as the story itself, and I'm glad she let us in on that story.
Isaac Hooke's "The Laurasians" illustrates a genuine conundrum of time-travel. Just because we can, should we? I cringe every time I think of the dangers of people jaunting around in the past, and that old time-travel standard of what if we change things? And also: dinosaurs!
Edward W. Robertson's "The First Cut" made me think of something Philip K. Dick would have written. It's got that "Golden Age of Sci-Fi" feel to it, but it also imagines an interesting new world of the future.
Jason Gurley's "The Dark Age" is haunting, and another one you want to get your box of tissues ready before reading if you're a cryer, like I am. It's beautiful, and entirely possible, and I will be thinking about this idea for a long, long time.
So there you go. A very short, trying to be useful without giving it away one-liner for each story. The main takeaway you, gentle amazon purchaser, should get is this: Buy this anthology. I am someone who always wants to like a short story anthology but only reads one or two stories before abandoning them. With this anthology, I read every single story, and want more.
"reset" has an interesting time travel twist - one i've never encountered before. one of the best stories in the collection.
in the dinosaur story, i didn't really like the main character much -- he seemed fairly uptight and neurotic. but an interesting story nonetheless.
the story about the time "bomb" seemed to use a fairly unlikely premise. it needed to justify why an alien would use a time bomb over a regular grenade. if you're looking to disable an enemy combatant, a grenade is probably more effective and economical than a time bomb.
the mirror one was pretty good.
all in all a worthwhile read.