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SYNTH #1: An Anthology of Dark SF

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SYNTH is a new anthology series of dark SF published quarterly, with each issue containing eight thought-provoking visions of the future . . . tales of utopia and dystopia, of inner and outer space; tales that are bleak, tales that are bold . . .
ISSUE #1 features the dark visions of Dan Stintzi, Steve Toase, Virginie Sélavy, Charles Wilkinson, Farah Rose Smith, Jeffrey Tho
Kindle Edition, 106 pages
Published March 15th 2019 by Synth Press
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Issue 1 is published March 2019.


001 - “Surrogate” by Dan Stintzi
019 - “Flow to the Sea” by Steve Toase
035 - “House of War” by Virginie Sélavy
051 - “Music in the Age of Sheep” by Charles Wilkinson
079 - “Aenvalit” by Farah Rose Smith
097 - “The Transported” by Jeffrey Thomas
125 - “Empathy” by Christopher K. Miller
141 - “The Object of Your Desire Comes Closer” by Joanna Koch
Alexander Pyles
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something Strange, Something Different, Something Well Done

I have been waiting to read this for a while and I was very impressed with what ended up in this anthology.

Some of the stories landed well, others missed me, but overall this is an excellent anthology of weird, dark science fiction.

I look forward to reading the next volume!

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Surrogate by Dan Stintzi

This is a dark post-apocalyptic tale of a broken family, dealing with the death of their child after an
Joe Zanetti
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid first entry from editor and scribe, CM Muller. "Synth" features dark sci-fi from eight different writers, all ranging from the harder side of sci-fi, to noir, and to space opera. At the heart of all these stories, though, are the characters and what they are going through, regardless of what sci-fi setting they are in. Stories of fractured families, censorship, PTSD, the passage of time, and more. Looking forward to reading more of this series. My favorite stories are:

House of War- Virgi
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good collection. Most 4-5*s for me. Farah Rose Smith was the lone 1*, due to the fact that however poetically beautiful, it was incomprehensible and cloying to fight my way through, given there were more footnotes than printed pages. (I don’t want footnotes in my SF, unless you’re bloody Douglas Adams - which Smith certainly isn’t.) Jeffrey Thomas borrows Simak’s The Waypost teleportation methodology, I noted happily.
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