Tales From The Universe: Ten Amazing Stories From Tomorrow Kindle Edition
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"Tales From The Universe turned out to be a collection of excellent stories, carefully edited and well written... Congratulations to Inklings Press: Tales From The Universe is a great collection of good, solid science fiction stories from a group of talented authors. It would be unfair to pick any single tale out for particular praise as every story in this collection has elements to recommend it. If you are a fan of science fiction, get this book; you will not be disappointed."
- File size : 963 KB
- Publication date : February 8, 2016
- Publisher : Inklings Press (February 8, 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 170 pages
- ASIN : B01BLS8VZU
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1522099689
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,661 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I'm going to attempt to do is write a few sentences about each story. So hold onto your hats friends, it's going to be an exciting ride.
The Devout Atheist by Daniel M. Benson
Daniel flips the age old Religion versus Science debate around in this short work. His archaeologists are digging up unicorns and dragons looking for evidence of why Noah dropped marsupials off in Australia when they have a philosophical debate with their dedicated atheist colleague. Definitely could be expanded upon.
Upgrade to Murder by Rob Edwards
Rob explores the controversial field of AI in this brief work. He raises an interesting question about what could happen if computers were to gain a measure of sentience.
Suliko by R. H. Nelson
Nelson tackles a futuristic society where important people, those needed for society, don't die. Their consciousness is downloaded into a new body, unless you are "forgotten". What if someone didn't want to let go of a "forgotten"? Nelson explores that in this piece that could use a massive expansion.
Dead in Space by Matthew Harvey
A salvage team and an old military ship adrift in space, but something is still alive.
The Familiar Road by Pedro Camelo
A story of a man of habits, his loving wife, and the old man next door who just wants to have a beer with his neighbor. Not all is as it seems.
Cosmic Egg by Ricardo Victoria
Three different races grouped together for space exploration. A neutron star about to explode and a mysterious structure on the surface that defies logic.
Small World by Brian S. Converse
What do you do when you are a galactic criminal exiled to earth? You become sheriff of a small town, that's what.
The Ellian Convergence by Brent A. Harris
Brent weaves a tale of machines rising against what comes next after they have already gained sentience. Even in this short piece he weaves a world of possibility with cohesion.
Lazarus Soldiers by Leo McBride
How fast could the military respond if they could just download your personality into a cloned body near the mission site? Logistics is now a matter of a ship on auto pilot with the proper supplies in a cargo hold. Leo explores this in his story that has potential for so much more.
Deep In The Rock by Jessica Holmes
From her bio Jessica is a new author but I can't wait rinsed where she goes after this Space Mining short story.
Tales From The Universe was a joy to read and I hope all of these authors have longer works coming that I can track down in the future.
Check out my full review on my blog [...]
The use of AI technology was prevalent throughout the book, but not always in predictable ways. One of my favorite stories was The Devout Atheist, which doesn’t seem to be as popular with some of the other reviewers. I enjoyed the idea of an antagonist AI, not something you typically see in science fiction.
Some of the other stories dealt with controversial topics such as the definition of humanity, the impact of time travel and the cost of excessive dependence on technology. Another one of my favorites Small World, a story that touches on how we define good and evil (a heady topic), but fleshed out in a small-town America setting that was easy to get into and fun to follow.
In short, I enjoyed this read from beginning to end. Of course, some stories appealed to me more than others, but overall, this was a great compilation of short fiction that made me take a second look at ideas I held as truths, that might only be based on my personal reality.
There are some highlights in this collection that will make me come back to the small press, and I truly look forward to what's coming next. 3.75 of 5 Stars (rounds to 4).
That being said, each story was well crafted and offered fascinating insight into the future in which it was set. There were some very talented writers included, and I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for some shorter science fiction.