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20 stories of magic and technology

Almost everyone carries a smartphone these days. They sit in pockets and on tables. They sleep on headboards and are the first things their owners check in the morning. They’ve edged out more mundane equipment like calendars and MP3 players.

They aren’t magical, of course. Or are they?

In Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology, 21 authors twi
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ebook, 338 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by Cantina Publishing
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Bruce Gargoyle
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A collection of short stories that speculate on the magical and paranormal properties of the smartphone.

If you've ever thought that your phone was possessed, or otherwise controlled by nefarious outside sources then this is the anthology for you! The stories range from servers run by demons to sentient apps to phones that can contact the dead and with twenty stories in the collection, you're bound to find somet
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Ron
As with any collection of short stories, there are those that appeal more to the individual reader. That is true in the case of Untethered. The collection has stories with iPhones that help find stray cats, hold magic spells, or serve as platforms to help the user find the "perfect: sunrise. The collection also has stories about cursed iPhones, unauthorized enhanced iPhones, and really stinky iPhones. In other words, you are likely to find at least a couple of stores that appeal to you. Read and ...more
CJ Jones
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
These phones are all more reliable than mine. A creative collection with an engaging theme. What happens if you don't let the magic smoke out of your technology? Here are quite a few answers, some of them the monkey's paw three wishes, some where magic is an everyday occurrence.
Elizabeth
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like all anthologies there were stories I like better than others, but all of them had a fun cleverness within the prose that I enjoyed. My favorite story was Specific Wisdom by Kris Millering.
If you like reading stories about modern tech with fantastic elements, you’ll love this anthology.
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Janine A. Southard writes and edits speculative fiction in between working on videogame projects. She's attended more than the average number of universities, which she claims is a FEATURE not a bug. ("Oxford educated, but Californian at heart;" she's also lived and traveled in Europe, the United States, and Japan.)

Currently, she lives in Seattle with a husband and a cat. The cat pretends to care
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