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Interspecies, Volume 1

(The Inlari Sagas)

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A science fiction shared-universe anthology, The Inlari Sagas: Aliens and humans struggle for supremacy in post-apocalyptic Australia and New Zealand. Fifty years after first contact with the inlari, war ravaged the Earth, leaving New Zealand and Australia the victors and survivors, but at a devastating cost. As human and inlari factions compete against each other in the s ...more
Kindle Edition, 1, 173 pages
Published May 27th 2016 by Kōsa Press
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Deanne Charlton
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the anthology Interspecies, Earth has been devastated by alien attacks. New Zealand—under alien control—and Australia—mostly human-controlled—are the only habitable land masses.The four stories begin in three different years decades after the first human-alien contact.

“The Memoriam” by M. J. KELLEY is lovingly crafted. As such, despite my being much interrupted during my first reading of the story, I found it very easy to fall back into it after dealing with the many mini-crises that arose du
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a proper science fiction novel in a very long time. It used to be my favourite genre but other things have taken its place. I put off starting this one, simply because of daily obligations and other distractions, until finally I picked up my tablet and got started on it. At first I thought this was going to be complicated to read – but no. After the first three or so pages I was thoroughly interested. Each writer wonderfully set the scenes – you could touch the trees, see the wate ...more
Ken Mooney
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interspecies is a fascinating anthology, one of those surprisingly effective collections of stories that challenge the way we think about real-life and life as we experience it in story-telling. Not many anthologies can pull this off: in my experience, there's often one weak link to the stories, one that perhaps proves to be stronger, out-shining all the others, or one that is significantly weaker. This is not the case with Interspecies, featuring four significantly different stories and allowin ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this collection of stories to come out since . . . fall, when I first heard about it. It does not disappoint! I cannot wait to see what v2 reads like :D

I was given a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm an avid reader but not typically of science fiction. So it means a lot when I say that I loved this book! Written as an anthology of four short stories, each story holds their own in plot and character development, while also contributing to the same world of which all the stories are set in. I was captivated by each of the characters' storylines and was left wanting to know more! As this is Volume 1, it is exciting to see where this series will go and cannot wait until the next volume is re ...more
Nillu Nasser
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

‘The Memoriam’ by M.J. Kelley is the opening story in this collection, and has a fascinating premise. Set during a time of fragile peace between humans and the inlari alien race, the story deals with issues of memory and identity. It explores how primed we are to accept memories we have no experience of. The author astounds with his mastery of language, with verb choices and metaphors - e.g. ‘crackling resounded inside his skull, like he echo of splitting wood’ - that lend his descriptions clari
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
An Excellent Anthology of Single-Universe Stories

Overall, an excellent anthology of single-universe stories. The universe itself is new (or at least, it was new to me), so initially I had to keep flipping back and forth between the timeline at the beginning and the story I was reading, but eventually it became relatively irrelevant to the understanding of each story.

THE MEMORIAM (M .J. Kelley) - The story starts with a scene that made me a bit squeamish (needle!). While the premise of the Memori
Doug MacPherson
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first impression of the world of Interspecies felt like I was in the middle of a Matthew Barney installation – with plastic and petroleum, horned creatures engaging in peculiar acts, devastation and poverty all in the midst of a beautiful natural landscape that manages to assert itself despite the destruction. Strange, but enticing.

The intro to this anthology, written by four creative and diverse voices writing within a shared universe, clues us into the running thread. Two species – human a
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was asked to read an earlier revision of this book, I was intrigued and delighted, specially since I have known one of the writers for a very long time and knew that talent was the least concern. So it all started with a very thoughtful and amazing forewords entry. That was so promising! But it got better: the depth of the background story, the span of that legacy, both in time and space, were daunting. It has to be very difficult to write such characters, with that amount of baggage on t ...more
Doug Dandridge
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interspecies is a collection of novellas/novelettes written by four very talented authors within the same Universe. The Inlari came to Earth in peace, seeking refuge from the enemies they had been fleeing for thousands of generations. Peace turns to war, and the planet is ravaged, only New Zealand (the new home of the Inlari) and Australia (the last stronghold of the humans) surviving. Most technology is gone, and the Inlari become slave holders in their own lands, raiders in the lands of the hu ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome read!

I love the detail Mike and his team have put into this world. I get it! I can see it! The characters are complex and captivating and I look forward to learning more about them in future publications.

Aside from the wonderful details about inlari technology, culture and habitats, I'm really taken by the intricacies of the inlari/human relationship. This is not good vs. monsters. This is a true culture clash, and all that goes with it - there is good and bad on both sides,
Beverley Hollowed
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.
This book wouldn’t be my normal genre I choose to read, none the less I began it with an open mind and I wasn’t disappointed. Wow, what a great read.
Interspecies is a collection of stories that give you an insight to a grim future, after civilization make first contact.
The four authors created a unique and powerful story in their own right, but they equally work well together to give us a wonderful and thought provoking ant
Scarlet Darkwood
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Rich prose jumps off the page as you read, and each author is as good as the next. In these vivid stories, the authors focus on different characters for this universe, clearly showing unique perspectives, struggles, and triumphs. The stories showcase creativity and devotion to style and respect for the world they created. Collaborative publishing and writing at its best. As a reader, you’ll be pulled into each story fluidly and easily as you plunge into another adventure and ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A complete delight to play in a world so thoughtfully and deeply crafted. Challenged my thinking and my emotions. Great read!
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Set on Earth in the future, some war between multiple alien races basically destroyed our planet. One alien race (the Inlari) were fleeing a different very aggressive race, and came to Earth to hide. The aggressive race found them here and left the planet in ruins, killing most humans, most Inlari, and leaving most of the planet poisoned and unlivable. New Zealand and Australia were the only two livable places left, the former in control of the Inlari, the latter of the humans.

The book contained
Olaitan Valerie
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been quite awhile since I've started a science fiction work that I couldn't put down. I did not want to put this book down after I started it. And I continued to think about it well after I had finished. This book isn't perfect, but it is very, very good. The stories connect nicely with the nuanced voices of different authors harmonizing well to make the book work as a whole. I'm looking forward to volume 2.

[I was given a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review.]
Jim Kratzok
Interesting concept

This book was a series of short stories by various authors centered on the same theme and environment. Earth had been invaded by aliens fleeing an enemy that had destroyed their home planet or something like that. From what I understood at first there was a cooperative effort between species. Then it all went to hell and the aliens kicked the snot out of the humans. Each short story by the respective authors covered a piece of these interactions. While each was fairly well do
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before I begin, a quick disclaimer that I received an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest (if belated) review.

As others have mentioned, Interspecies is a collection of stories set in a future where humans have made first contact with, and live alongside, an alien race known as the Inlari. The stories pick up roughly a century after first contact, after war has destroyed most of the world and left humans and the Inlari at each other's throats.

While it took me a little while to get inve
Nora Morse
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I absolutely could not put it down! I have strayed from the science fiction genres in the last few years but Interspecies makes me want to dive right back in. I am so very anxious to read more about these characters. The weaving of story lines seems subtle at first and I am just so excited to see how it all comes together!
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What is the most memorable event of each story? 1 3 May 27, 2016 11:17AM  
When you do something effortlessly and people commend you continuously, you have found your gift.

That's what I tell people all the time. And it's true.

I get story. I always have. I started writing when I was eight on a Smith Corona (the electronic kind -- I'm not THAT old). I wrote stories in every spiral notebook I had. Eventually, I graduated to a Mac (yes, I'm one of THOSE people). I imagined n

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