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Future Past and Other Sci-Fi Short Stories by Subrat Sahoo
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May 10, 2014

really liked it

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Rating- 8/10
I am a fan of science fiction. I love to study science and when it is taken to a whole new level by an author's imagination, to the wildest possible and undiscovered realms, the experience of reading is simply amazing. Of all the books of crime fiction, fantasy, mystery and non - fiction I've read, nothing has exhilarated and challenged me to levels like those of science fiction. So, as you can probably guess by now, I was pretty excited by the prospect of being able to read Future Past. And undoubtedly, I have never read another science fiction book so rich with ideas, unexpected endings and, of course, science. The scientific explanations given in each story were so well thought and researched that I couldn't help thinking that they must be true. The lecture given by Professor Dunstn in 'Simple Physics' is the best example of the artistry and skill of the author. The best parts of all stories were the completely unexpected endings. I was dumbfounded at the end of most stories, in 'In an Outside' and 'Never a Next', and couldn't help admiring the brilliance of the author because when you look back at it, it makes sense, however absurd it may seem. Another thing I want to talk about is the writing style of the book. The style of an author defines an author's personality and after reading this book you're surely gonna have a real high opinion of Mr Subrat Sahoo as his writing style is a thing of beauty, 'simple and elegant' is how I'd like to describe it. Let me admit it: I usually prefer to read novels because I don't like short stories, firstly, because they finish too fast, and secondly, because you usually cannot build too much suspense in those few short pages, or so I think, or thought, as my preconceptions have been shattered after reading this book. The only story I did not like or found irrelevant was 'The Good, The Bad, and The Gone'. There wasn't much of science in this story and the end wasn't that much of a stupefier as the other stories, aka, the black sheep of the family. All in all, the book was captivating and gripping and I recommend it all.

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