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Science Fiction Short Stories

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A deluxe edition of super-charged, original and classic short stories. Dystopia, Post-Apocalypse, time travel, robots and more this brilliant collection brings together the best of today's writers (many stories previously unpublished), with an eclectic range of science fiction masters including H. Rider Haggard, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Philip Frances Nowlan, Edward Page Mitch ...more
Hardcover, De Luxe edition; Gothic Fantasy, 480 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by Flame Tree Publishing (first published November 15th 2012)
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I'm planning to make a list of best stories in the book, but I haven't find the way to put them in order, so I'll let it on hold for now.
They're good in general, some of the stories are really short and it's fine, others are way too long for my taste and for a few I would liked to read a longer and more developed version of the story. However, it's a great compilation for all the tastes.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall, most of the stories were enjoyable, and demonstrated the widest reaches of the fairly broad sci-fi scope. There were a few in the collection which reminded me why I'm sometimes hesitant to pick up sci-fi stories. A couple of the tales leaned very heavily on the psuedo-science and maths, and were too light for my tastes on the characters, world and events. The first story, for instance, was an exercise in telling, not showing, written in the kind if style I would expect notes for a story ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
A surprising amount of typos. In one spot an entire three- or four-sentence paragraph is repeated two pages before it’s supposed to appear! Many of the stories were hard to get through as they’re so outdated and the science described just wrong. I wish the year the story was published was put with the title instead of at the back of the book. I didn’t think to look at the bibliography until I was nearly finished with the entire collection. Perhaps if I’d known the age of each story at the beginn ...more
Marija S.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Found it in audio on podcast site:

Written from a robot's point of view, this story is something else - intelligent, well written and with a bitter-sweet humor to it. Not to give away any spoilers, reasoning of an AI helper sounded convincing and logical(remember Data and his troubles with humans?) and the point the story is underlining is skilfully painted by AI's computing vs reality of human relations with its illogical and unwritten rules.
Beth Cato
May 02, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Not a review. Includes a reprint of my story "Overlap." ...more
Ishmael Soledad
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked this up on a whim, mainly on the promise of the new stories it contained. To be honest they were not to my tastes; nothing wrong about them but, then again, nothing right.

Thankfully this volume contained old favorites that for one reason or another have gone missing from my bookshelf. Most were welcomed back, however the 49 pages of Flatland could, I think, have been better served with newer work. And if I'd not lost them half the book would have been redundant.

If, as the publisher's no
Ruby Jusoh
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
About 500 pages. Lots of stories, most are alright, some are confusing and a few are downright amazing. I really enjoyed reading this. However, it does require one to be focused. Sci-fi tends to be huge on concepts rather than stories. One short story, Red, is literally about a plague. Too relatable. So many other topics such as genetic engineering, AI and reliance on robots, parallel universe. It will definitely be a good read if you are not a sci-fi fan but like to have a taste of what the sto ...more
Earl Biringer
Mediocre collection of public-domain moldy-oldies (with one or two classics thrown in - Flatland, the Piper story) and second-tier newer stories. Worth the $5.00 I paid for it, but wouldn't be worth anything more. A lot of typos.

Major Gripe: the removed the diagrams from Flatland, but not the references to the diagrams? Did anyone actually edit this thing?
Alex Hodkinson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Some were really great and others were pretty rubbish.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the majority of the stories, there were a few i skipped because i just wasnt into them, but many left me wanting to know what happened next!
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Some of the stories were fastpaced and eventful and left me wanting more but some were monotonous and boring. My favorites were the one about a teleportation experiment and the one about invisibility
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Care and Feeding is my favourite story by Darusha. I am her number one fan boy: I have read all of her work. This is the best.
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