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Nathan M. Beauchamp’s “Flesh of my Flesh” – A married couple travels through space on a long journey and a perilous mission. And the seven-month-old being exposed to intense radiation is a crucial part of that mission! Why are they experimenting on him like this? A powerful and poignant story about being a parent, how we experience it and how we define it that hits home to anyone with a heart.
Samuel Peralta’s “The Way the World Ends” – A poem about what happens when our narrator’s world ends. Simultaneously epic in scope and intensely personal in vision, it evokes a strong sense of despair, sadness, and longing to hold those we love for one last time before the end of everything.
A.K. Meek’s “Second Invasion” – Trisha is walking through downtown San Antonio, Texas with her two young children when strange aliens start falling out of the sky! These aliens are terrifying, armed with a gruesome weapon. If that’s not chilling enough, the aliens also absorb a person's memories as they die! What will Trisha do when faced with this onslaught and will these aliens succeed in their invasion? This intense story gave me deep shivers while also keeping me riveted with each ghastly death. It also takes place in the same world as the author’s story “Thoughts As Water” from Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: No. 5.
Kevin Lauderdale’s “The Peacemaker” - On the planet Menim, Troth terrorists try to assassinate Ambassador Wintner from afar! Embroiled in a civil war of sorts, the government is trying to handle it until the terrorists make a bold move. What will happen next? This is an adventurous tale that effectively examines a conflict from two different points of view, embroiled in a complicated political situation. It also features a very clever, devilishly unexpected ending that was a blast to read from beginning to end.
Daniel Arthur Smith’s “The Off World Kick Murder Squad I” – Eller and his motley crew of highly trained specialists take on a high-risk job with a big payday to deliver a mysterious package. But not everything is what it seems and suddenly, their lives are put at risk! It’s filled with shady rogues, imaginative, exciting battles, startling revelations and an ending that begs for a continuation that I need to read right now! This rough and tumble universe is infused with fun, thrills and an "anything goes" attitude.
Jason LaVelle’s “Utopia” – Craig lives a dreary, humdrum existence, shuffling through one day after another in the factory. His only hope lies in the Utopian Life Lottery, where if he wins, his life will be exciting beyond belief out among the stars. Will this be a dream come true if he wins? A bleak portrait of a society ruled by technology and of blue-collar workers desperate to escape their world. It also features an ending that was truly unexpected and audaciously jaw-dropping.
Chris Pourteau’s “The Last Ship” – A starship full of humans chases the last remnants of an alien race in the hopes of annihilating them once and for all. But why are the humans doing this and why do these aliens inspire such vengeful thoughts in them? A suspenseful story of clashing cultures and rousing starship battles that also thoughtfully explores how much it costs the soul when engaging in such merciless behavior.
Will Swardstrom’s “Repulse” – Adriana is a refugee of a planet destroyed sixteen years ago, now crewing a ship that helps clear asteroids to clear the spaceways for travel. As we learn the catastrophe that befell Adrianna, her family, and her planet, she discovers something strange among the asteroids that truly surprises her. A startling tale of tragedy and heartbreak that struck a deep emotional chord by its conclusion.
Daniel Arthur Smith’s “The Off World Kick Murder Squad II” – Picking up from the exciting cliffhanger from the previous issue, Eller and his crew shift into the atmosphere of a planet, on course for a crash landing! As they assess their problems, they must figure out where they are and how this knowledge will impact their mission. It’s a deeper exploration of a fascinating universe and its different planes of existence while also compellingly demonstrating the harrowing dangers the galaxy they inhabit while also doing some strong character building.
Philip Harris' "Pod Fifteen" – Ellis is piloting a ship filled with dead bodies across space. His only company is tragic memories of his past and the ship's artificial intelligence. But when something unexpected happens, all of this coalesces into a gruesome and terrifying tale that glues you in your seat with its intensity and its unpredictable surprises around every corner. I couldn’t help but hear the stark soundtrack music from the movie “Alien” while reading this, with the loneliness of your own thoughts and the cramped quarters making you feel confined alone as you drift unaccompanied through space.
Ernie Howard's "Cosmic Jury Duty" – Stasha is a doctor who meets a seemingly homeless patient in her emergency room, Marteen. To her, he bequeaths something so important, the entire universe is at stake! We’re then taken on a wild and outrageous roller-coaster ride that is both funny and fantastical as we see what Stasha has to do. And when it’s over, the experience will leave you exhausted, but only the best kind of exhaustion, because of all the enjoyable ups and downs I experienced when reading it!
Paul K. Swardstrom's "Historic" – Jos is an innovator and entrepreneur who created a prototype machine that will halt aging and even rejuvenate cells, making interstellar travel possible! But when the something horrible happens, will this machine be a blessing or a curse? A heartfelt and sensational tale that shocked me with its startling and truly unforeseen revelations, especially with its audacious conclusion. I would love a sequel to this story just to see what happens next.
Daniel Arthur Smith's "The Off Kick Murder Squad III" – Anson and his crew plan their mission to infiltrate The Korean Syndicate’s facility to acquire their target. But there are some unusual obstacles to their goal in the surrounding forest, something more fearsome than they are! The adventurous serial continues with an exciting and heart-pounding trek through the wilderness. The perilousness of it left me in breathless suspense at the surprises that I found.
Peter Cawdron's "Trixie & Me" - Trixie is wondering why her friend Berry are on a strange ship, surrounded by nature’s wonders. As Trixie ponders why she cannot remember much up to this point, and as they attempt to get to their spaceship, things get more complicated and dangerous. Secrets are revealed, memories are recovered and the stakes climb into a suspenseful climax. The final chapters of this novella were especially stunning, fast-paced and wondrous, successfully wrapping it all up. I enjoyed the mystery in this tale, how they got to where they were and how any questions I had (and I had many) were answered by the finale. The author successfully blends science facts into his fiction that educates you, enhancing the story while also engaging all five of your senses in its descriptions of what strange things they encounter.
These are all strong stories with riveting adventures going in bold and unforeseen directions. The Canyons collections continue to be known for these qualities and the space theme in this one continues to expand beyond frontiers and inventively travel into the unknown with stories that delighted me from the beginning to the end.
Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: Omnibus (3 Book Series)
Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: Omnibus No. 1
Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: Omnibus No. 2
Tales from the Canyons of the Damned: Omnibus No. 3 *
there are separate numbered edition of this, they've been doing this since 2015 monthly, each monthly issue has three-to-five sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales from today's top speculative fiction writers, obviously the omnibus ones have more in each collection
Always excited when a new one appears.
I've quickly come to rely heavily upon Daniel Arthur Smith's tastes in reading suggestions for books, in his selections for authors to include in his anthologies for new authors to follow, and in books he's been included in (other anthologies) for books and authors to read as well.
He's never disappointed, never failed to get the best results, never been less than a professional in what I've seen of him.
In other words - anything Mr. Smith is doing is going to be done with care, done well and will be worth noticing.
Peace be with you... all.
Most of the stories are a bit strange, but in a good way. I personally enjoyed the last story, Trixie and me, best, it had the best plot twist at the end.
It has a good mix of stories from several great authors, I fully recommend this anthology to anyone who wants to read something a bit different than normal science fiction.
I did get my copy of the ebook for free, but this review would read the same if I had paid for it.
An excellent selection of short stories for fans of quick and dirty Science Fiction and horror.
5 stars for:
'The Way the Word Ends' by Samuel Peralta
'The Peacemaker' by Kevin Lauderdale
'Repulse' by Will Swardstrom
'Historic' by Paul K. Swardstrom
4 stars for:
'Flesh of My Flesh' by Nathan M. Beauchamp
'The Last Ship' by Chris Pourteau
'Utopia' by Jason LaVelle
3 stars for:
'Pod Fifteen' by Philip Harris
'Cosmic Jury Duty' by Ernie Howard
2 stars for:
'The Second Invasion' by A.K.Meek
'Trixie and Me' by Peter Cawdron
1 star for:
'The Off World Kick Murder Squad I, II, and III' by Daniel Arthur Smith
It's a three star average by me, and I definitely recommend the book to fans of the darker side of SF.