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Vast: Stories of Mind, Soul and Consciousness in a Technological Age

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Paperback, 162 pages
Published February 28th 2020 by Orchid's Lantern
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Gavin Jefferson
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vast, the first anthology from Orchid's Lantern, is something special. I finished reading it almost a month ago and, in that time, I haven't stopped thinking about some of the tales. This, probably, is why I haven't been able to write a review.
My personal highlights were:
Chimy and Chris, as it garnered similar feelings to Flowers for Algernon.
Little Thief was gorgeous, intense, and terrifying.
Every Aspect of Every Recollection, was heartbreaking, and beautifully written.
The Dreamcube Thread was
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This collection has a very interesting undercurrent running through it. An anthology with a true theme, as the tagline states: Stories of mind, soul and consciousness in a technological age. A lot of science fiction deals with what it means to be human, or, what it means to be alive and aware. This collection of ten authors all delve into similar territory, but what struck me was the linked nature of these supposedly standalone short stories. However, having read editor/publisher C.R. Dudley's t ...more
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great collection, these are the kinds of stories that are thought provoking and intelligently written. They will have you question reality, mind, and soul. Due to the format of the short story they are not overwhelming, and have a stong focus on charachter - yet they still offer us lessons, and the oppertunity to question ourselves and our world. Each one can be read quickly for fun, and thought about for a long time after.
Tristan McTeirney
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Chimy and Chris by Stephen Oram (61 brains out of 100)
3 good things
1. Unlike anything I've read before.
2. You can feel the relationship between Chimy and Chris develop throughout.
3. That ending.
3 bad things
1. It is easy to get lost in the piece, given its POV perspective.
2. A bit repetitious with its word use, especially near the end (understandable within the context of the story, but still. . . .)
3. That ending. . . .
"Communication is everything,she tells me. Conversation, d
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C.R Dudley is a visual artist, writer and self-proclaimed mind explorer. She is fascinated by the human condition in all of its guises, and has been heavily influenced by Jungian psychology, existentialism and eastern mysticism.

Often writing from unusual perspectives, she weaves together esoteric philosophies with modern scientific and technological developments to give a many-layered approach to

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