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Galactic Energies

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  126 reviews
The artificial intelligences of DataCom are trying to save the planet… by exterminating the human race. Aurelia finds her perfect man: a robot. The space explorer Captain Arcot sacrifices his life for an impossible conquest, the heart of Vril the vampire queen. A shape-shifting mutant ignites the erotic desires of the galactic police officer who's been tracking her down. A ...more
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Luca Rossi (first published December 21st 2012)
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Christoph Fischer
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
"Galactic Energies" by Luca Rossi is an interesting and unique blend of science, fantasy and exploration of the human condition. In this inspired selection of short stories Rossi takes us to new dimensions, planets and technological innovations, yet his heroes remain the same imperfect idealists and corrupt beings.
Highly original and intelligently composed the stories are written with a great distinctive voice. From the first amazing story onwards (where two Italian men invent a new paying syste
Boyko Ovcharov
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I came across this best-selling book of short stories in the Sci-Fi genre, I did not really expect anything of the kind. The narrative of this young but extraordinary author is undoubtedly astonishing. The style is both intellectual and lively, scientific and exciting. In other words, a supernatural mix of talent, ideas and delivery of exquisite literary work, incorporating a human touch into some universally significant issues. A book to be reread and enjoyed every single time with no regr ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I racconti di Luca Rossi spaziano attraverso i sentimenti umani e gli eventi che hanno coinvolto e che continuano a coinvolgerci ogni giorno, ma in chiave fantastica. Quando si inizia a leggere una delle sue storie si viene proiettati insieme ai personaggi nel loro modo, per poi rimanerne sorpreso quanto i personaggi stessi riguardo l'evoluzione dei fatti, molto spesso ricordano eventi reali, tematiche odierne su cui ciascuno di noi almeno una volta si è trovato a riflettere, come per esempio il ...more
Stefania Mattana
Galactic Energies is a collection of short stories set in the space.
If you're looking for the classic sci-fi scheme you're a bit out of the road, as Luca Rossi's Galactic Energies are not about some mean emperor hungry to conquer other worlds. It's all about love and life changing decision, pictured by Rossi with a delicate touch of erotica which didn't mind me (I usually not a fan of erotica, to be fair).
Of course the scifi element is strongly present, but my reading experience was not entirely
Sabrina Devonshire
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found these short stories a thrill to read. These innovative stories featured complex characters and had surprising twists. From shape shifters to BDSM control-freaks to a society victimized by technology, there’s something for every science fiction enthusiast in this collection! The themes explored in the stories were thought provoking – I particularly enjoyed the stories where characters were experiencing negative effects from a highly technological society. I can see it happening in real-li ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every so often, you stumble across a book that makes time stop. Nothing matters from the words on the page and the author's voice. Luca Rossi's Galactic Energies is one of them.

Each of the stories has a different sci-fi theme. My favorite of the bunch if Latrodectus Mactans. It is the tale of a video game with a black widow spider- but this is not your usual spider. Heh. Heh.

Full of intensity, steamy scenes, and terror, Rossi's book will leave you wanting for more. I can't wait to read what's ne
Victoria Dougherty
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bold-indies, sci-fi
This wild collection of techno sci-fi stories took me out of my comfort zone and I'm so glad it did. I'm picky about my sci-fi and I don't read a lot of it as a result. The premise has to be plausible for me, as a reader, to be able to go WAY out there - and I do like to go way out there. Galactic Energies did that for me in each and every story. Smart. Fun. Really interesting.
Noemi Gastaldi
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Racconti assolutamente particolari e originali. Il mio preferito e` certamente "Le forme dell'amore", ottimo esempio di come l'erotismo possa sposare la fantascienza. Grande la capacita` dell'autore di ricreare situazioni ambigue e finali sorprendenti, nonche` di saper ricreare mondi inquietanti, contemporaneamente improbabili e credibili. Lettura consigliata a tutti gli amanti del genere :) ...more
Andreas Wierer
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bello, bello e ancora bello!
Una lettura veloce, ma stimolante.
Leggere Luca Rossi è come sedersi a tavola gustando un buon pasto. Una serie di racconti diversi tra loro, tutti ben scritti e ben orchestrati.
Da leggere assolutamente!
Catrina Taylor
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Shorts. Fantastic Author!

This series of Scifi shorts draws together different concepts with superb creation skills.

The erotica is well crafted. Each emotion is clearly expressed, and defined. Every scenario creates a desire to dive deeper into the story. Questions lead to answers that lead to more questions. Rarely do you find this quality of writing in such short stories.

This gifted author has brought to life full fledged stories in few words. This skill is rarely achieved so well. I
Larry B Gray
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Galactic Energies by Luca Rossi is a great collection of science fiction short stories which will leave you wanting more after each story. If you like robots, vampires, shape shifters and magic you will find a story for you.

The author did a great job developing each of the stories, creating a tale which was both short and able to cover her subject. Each story was exciting and very intriguing.

I like each of the characters in the stories. Though each was very different, they were believable and ea
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This collection of vast and engaging stories took me by surprise. Galactic Energies by Luca Rossi is a fascinating body of work. Each story whether it be shape-shifting mutants, vampires, reincarnation or robots seems to tell a deeper story than just the entertaining twists presented to us. I had a blast reading this well-written collection and can’t wait for more. Highly recommended – 5-stars!
Luca Rossi’s collection of short sci-fi/fantasy tales, Galactic Energies combines the wonders of technology, far advanced from today’s standards, human nature and the world of “what if,” in future times. Will election campaigns be conducted over the internet? Will orgies be holographic image offerings? What about celebrities, will they really make appearances or will their computer counterpart stand in for them? Is love possible with a robot? Will computers make life better for humans or will th ...more
R.E. Weber
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Galactic Energies is a collection of short science fiction stories by Luca Rossi, covering a wide variety of concepts and themes, some of which unwind over several chapters, others which conclude in one. While some of the stories are set in the near future, others reach for the far future and distant planets, and cover everything from artificial intelligences taking over the planet, to vampire aliens enslaving human explorers. It is a highly imaginative read, with some great concepts and set-ups ...more
Rita Monticelli
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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Luca Rossi ha la capacità di raccontare delle storie che non ti aspetti in un modo altrettanto inaspettato. Ognuno di questi racconti ha come unico punto comune tale peculiarità, per il resto ci si trova di fronte a mondi e protagonisti completamente diversi tra di loro, ognuno dei quali riesce a emozionarci in un suo modo del tutto particolare. Spaziando tra fantascienza, fantasy ed erotismo ognuna di queste storie ci cattura e soddisfa il nostro desiderio di
Simon Okill
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Galactic Energies by Luca Rossi is a book that left me gasping like a fish out of water. This incredible collection of futuristic short stories is full of imagination gone wild where anything goes and does with regular abandon. We kick off with two young Italian computer geeks who create the perfect banking software that gets the Star Trek treatment and goes rogue. There are mind-altering tales of artificial intelligence that we become dependent upon at our own detriment. Holographic prisons run ...more
R.M. Simoné
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YES
Recommended to R.M. by: the author i met on facebook he recommended it
LOVE this story. It is a fiction book but it reads like NOW times and the way the plot line weaves kept me intrigued all the way through. This is like a parallel existence of the writer's fictional world into our real world. Could not put it down. The cover of the book too is absolutely beautiful. Cosmic now story of how things are changing in the world and high tech banking ... it all is in play and fluz and someone needs to create this program for real. LOVED the STORY, Roshandra warmly sharin ...more
Federica Fiorani
Un bel mix di fantascienza ed eros per questi racconti, capaci di stupirti e sorprenderti con cambi improvvisi di direzione. Erotismo particolare, talvolta estremo, storie d’amore completamente fuori dai canoni tradizionali; una carrellata di figure femminili forti, determinate, spesso dominatrici, a volte spietate. Di sicuro non mancano né la fantasia né l’orginalità a questi racconti che si leggono tutti d’un fiato.
Hunter Jones
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I can't even keep track of how many times I have read these science fiction short stories. Galactic Energies is one of the best SciFi collections I have read in a long time. It’s a wonderful mix of cyberpunk, dystopian, erotica and fantasy tales. For science fiction lovers I can recommend them without hesitation. My favorite story is the Perfect Family.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great selection of short stories. The stories I enjoyed the best were Rewind, Life in Prison, Forms of Love, Arcot and the Queen, The Perfect Family and Clouded Emotions. Mr. Rossi has great talent and I look forward to reading more of his books.
Steven J Smith
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'I loved this collection of short stories, they have a freshness and an honesty about them and are very modern tales with enough twists and turns to delight any reader of this genre. They are ideal for lovers of science fiction, technology and computers. There is an amalgamation of clear scientific knowledge and experience from the author and he produces a crisp, sharp, intriguing look at modern day and the near future. The stories are written with style, characterization is superb and the descr ...more
Shani Struthers
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Short stories with a sci-fi edge are not my usual reading material but what I do love is a good cover and this cover grabbed my attention immediately. And then I started reading... and couldn't stop. This is a great collection of shorts - highly imaginative, very descriptive and deliciously unique. There are mutants to discover, vampires and robots - there's erotica too - very tastefully done. Each and every tale offers a real flight of fancy, absorbing the reader completely. The author is Itali ...more
Danielle Evans
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
With short stories, it's often hard to get too invested in the characters because they end so quickly. Sometimes, the best kind of short story is the kind that has a twist ending, something that shocks you and makes it more memorable. Luca Rossi manages to create several short stories where you do feel connected to the characters in many of them, and there are also quite a few that end with a punch. This book was originally written in Italian, so I commend the translator for doing a fantastic jo ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Enter the delightfully unique world of Luca Rossi

If MC Escher was a writer, he would write like this. This diverse series of novellas is chock full of interesting ideas and concepts including travels to other dimensions, reincarnation, mutant shape shifters, advanced technologies and even some dark nightmares. Galactic Energies serves up a mix of fantasy, science fiction, erotica and the metaphysical just for starters. Luca Rossi has an engaging way of writing that is uniquely his own.

A brave an
2015 reader challenge: a book of short stories (30/50)
Rewind - 1 Star

The first story is called Rewind, and wow, we start with the shittiest one possible lol

We follow Alberto Ferrari's POV. He's one of the co-creators of an app that basically serves as an online Bank, except it makes actual banks go bankrupt because nobody uses them anymore and Star Bank is "safer" and "transparent". Then they become rich as fuck CEOs. Then Alberto is interviewed by a powerful Talk Show Hostess and becomes ev
Sulin Young
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I give this 4 stars. An absorbing, wonderful collection of short stories that takes you into an alternative time and place and yet, you think, the situations could so easily apply to our everyday lives - if it isn't happening already! The best part for me was the author's writing style - simple and elegant, it commands your attention easily and there is absolutely no need to read things twice or thrice to make sure you understood.

Galactic Energies opens up with Rewind and I'm intrigued from the
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Energie della galassia è una raccolta di racconti accattivanti, scritta in modo molto scorrevole e non pesante, che spazia tra la fantascienza, il fantasy e l'erotismo, ambientate in un futuro prossimo. Un libro che mi ha preso tantissimo e che mi sarebbe piaciuto durasse un po' di più...
Philip Newey
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Galactic Energies is a collection of science fiction short stories, many of which have themes related to modern communications technology. This is the English translation of an Italian original.

I always find reviewing collections of short stories difficult because, inevitably, the reader will like some more than others. I might also add that I think writing a good short story is very difficult. The stories I enjoyed most were ‘Rewind’ and ‘Maciste’. For me, these had the most interesting plot tw
Francesca Satti
Luca ho finito di leggere il tuo libro! Innanzi tutto è interessante trovare elementi di generi differenti tra loro, con descrizioni belle ricche e mai kitsch. Ma andiamo per ordine: REWIND: un salto nel cyber-programma? Accattivanti suggestioni ( io amo Crepax, quindi non ho potuto far altro che collegarlo...!); IL REGNO DI TURLIS: è un misto di magia e spazio-tempi galattici? Ricco di colpi di scena!; CARCERE A VITA: ho condiviso la scelta del suicidio: si sentiva davvero l'inutilità della vit ...more
Roy Huff
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Given my current busy schedule, reading short stories can be ideal when I need to kill a couple of hours but I don't have enough time to read a full length novel. It lets me read the story without rereading it after setting it down for for several days or longer. A few of the elements weren't my particular cup of tea, but setting those aside, I found the stories to be engaging and fantastic. Although not quite the same topic or storyline, I was brought back to my feelings after reading Day's of ...more
Jon Shea
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Luca Rossi's "Galactic Energies" shows an interesting take on not just science fiction, but on the philosophies of the mind as well. As a collection of short stories, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but beginning with the first story, I was hooked in. As I jumped from the stories of Alessio to Germil to Isabella, I felt as if I was jumping from one mind to the next, exploring different levels of reality and science. The overall arc of this collection expanded my mind and imagination.

At ti
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of interconnected stories with some overlapping characters that transcends its genre. Sure, it’s sci-fi since it has robots, lots of technology, computers, and attempts to program a universe – all fascinating stuff, especially in today’s high-paced and hi-tech world. But it’s much more than sci-fi: it’s also a book about human nature, psychology, love, and just the right dose of erotica to keep things exciting.

As he immerses us in his amazing world, Luca Rossi makes us thi
First thing I need to say, is why are there so many little stories? There are like 10 unfinished 'quick reads' here. And just as I'm really getting into that 'scene' it goes to the next book. And as far as I can tell there aren't any connections between the stories. They're all able to be amazing in their own way. Luca Rossi is good at putting in us in a completely alien situation but still make it seem like a reality, like we're actually there.

This is a scy-fi book, and definitely shows a lot o
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi è decisamente piaciuto, il primo libro di Luca Rossi che ho letto.
Lo stile è pulito e corretto, asciutto ma non scarno, i personaggi sono tratteggiati bene, per quanto possibile nella formula del racconto breve.
Le idee, soprattutto, mi hanno conquistata: di alcune di queste vedrei volentieri lo sviluppo in un romanzo completo, in particolare di quelle maggiormente distopiche, incentrate sulla realtà virtuale, che sia un programma costruito come un'esistenza o un gioco dai risvolti decisamente
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, sci-fi
Have stated previously that I'm not a great fan of short stories, mostly because in a compendium/volume of such, they consist mostly of 'filler' stories, with only the odd few 'gems' that are interesting or enjoyable.

This collection of sci-fi (and fantasy) stories really surprised me because at no point did I want to skip a story, which I have done in the past.

Some of the stories were extremely short yet were very thought provoking. All were very imaginative.

Sex in the stories veered towards the
Sono piuttosto digiuna di fantascienza e di solito le storie brevi non mi entusiasmano: troppo brevi per lasciare il segno. Tuttavia, ho letto così tante belle parole spese su questa raccolta che ho voluto fare un tentativo.

In generale, ho trovato i racconti ben strutturati e armoniosi nel loro sviluppo. I temi trattati sono molti e interessanti. L'autore si limitata a mostrarci la situazione e a far riflettere il lettore su quanto accade.

Tuttavia pecca un po' di ingenuità e i racconti non sono
Omnipotent Dystopian Now
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This read was a bit of a new experience for me, and I found it enjoyable. Galactic Energies, by Luca Rossi, is a captivating multi-genre anthology of short stories. There's a recurring futuristic technological element that I think that sci-fi fans will enjoy.

I always like to research an author a little while I'm reading their work to get an idea of where they're coming from. Luca Rossi's author bio is a bit...elusive, so-to-speak. I did a bit of web searching and realized that his resume goes w
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I usually post only about certain books on goodreads. My "non serious" (lol) books. I'm not trying to take myself too seriously, it's just a way of cataloging books that I've read. But I didn't know where to put this one, so it's here even though this isn't a true romance, it's really good story telling with an ultimate message.
John Black
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Only One Word... WOW! The Author Delivers...

The author Luca Rossi really can bring the various characters of the novel to life with his skillful writing style. It is a great mixture of science fiction, fantasy, human morals, erotic and some thrilling moments that are displayed in each of the short stories.

Although I am a science fiction writer, I was totally sold to the way Luca delivers these stories. As I was reading the chapter "The Kingdom of Turlis" there are certain scenes that captures my
Germano Dalcielo
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quello che traspare da questa raccolta di racconti è anzitutto l'originalità dei temi e delle ambientazioni, e la passione dell'autore per la tecnologia e internet.
Lo stile è fresco, moderno e dinamico.
I racconti che ho apprezzato di più sono "Il regno di Turlis" - anche se il mio giudizio è di parte quando protagonista è una strega, le adoro - e "Carcere a vita" - mi ha ricordato da vicino quel nonsense giuridico e quell'atmosfera cupa, paradossale de "Il processo" di Kafka.
La componente erot
Anna Othitis
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Short Science-fiction stories.
This series of short stories draws together different concepts with amazing creative skills.
The erotica is well crafted, each emotion is clearly expressed. Luca is a gifted and amazing imaginative author who brings to life fully fledged stories in just a few selective descriptive words. These mastered skills are rarely achieved. In each story the characters, from robots to vampires, witches to computer programs come alive and fun to follow. I love the detail which L
Jose Fernandez
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I can't believe I read Galactic Energies so fast... I just couldn't stop! The author has an amazing imagination. Luca Rossi takes science fiction into new territory. All short stories are well written, with fascinating plots and unexpected endings. Female characters are dominant, strong and sexy. The book is written by a foreign author and you can tell. It's been a long time since I've read such new, fresh and innovative short stories, which made me think about who we really are, where we come f ...more
I.C. Camilleri
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A quite unique and fresh collection of short stories artfully combining sci-fi and fantasy whilst keeping that human earthly quality of ambition, drive, corruption and love. The characters are well forged and complex adding colour to plots full of energy, twists and turns. The first story REWIND, with its two regular Italian men climbing up their ladder of success, held me captive and all subsequent stories offered the same fascination. It is quite difficult to captivate an audience with short s ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La recensione odierna riguarda una serie di racconti di fantascienza (alcuni con l’aggiunta di elementi fantasy), raccolti in un unico libro.
L’autore è Luca Rossi, e per chi segue il mio blog lo ricorderà per I Rami del Tempo (I e II), romanzi davvero interessanti e originali (vi invito a leggere le recensioni), inoltre non vedo l’ora che esca anche il terzo volume… comunque, pure questo libro mi è stato inviato gentilmente dall’autore, sempre con una dedica per cui non ho aggettivi per descrive
Eric J. Gates
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of almost all genres
When reading the collection of short stories ‘Galactic Energies’ by Luca Rossi, I was particularly reminded of some of the works of his fellow Italian writer, Italo Calvino. Particularly in the first few stories, there was a familiar sense of whimsy mixed with social comment that brought to mind some of Calvino’s most-loved work. Like the aforementioned, Luca Rossi is a multi-genre author, preferring not to be tethered by strict categories, something that is clearly appreciated in the tales that ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I had very high hopes for this as I read the other books the author had did but with this one I was a bit disappointed. I felt like the story was dragging and getting boring at times. I did like the story and how the story was written by the author but there was just some points that I felt like stopping reading this.
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In 2013 he published Galactic Energies, a collection of short stories set in a universe where not just the laws of physics, but also
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