The first time I read Brad R. Torgersen’s work was when David Conyers suggested I check out his first collection, “Lights in the Deep”. From the word go I was hooked. Here was a clear, distinctive and fresh voi...
The Time It Happened, edited by Juliana Rew is the eleventh anthology by Third FlatIron Press, this one focusing on the idea of time, history and continuity being skewed on critical moments, reshaped according...
SNAFU-An Anthology of Military Horror, edited by Geoff Brown and Amanda J. Spedding is the first volume in the series of 'military horror' anthologies by Cohesion Press and possibly the most filling installment.
I have to admit that I don’t read many short story collections. But I do read a lot of Albedo One fiction submissions. Once you’ve read more than a hundred short stories over a short span of years, it’s not so much the really neat premise or the trick ending that catches your attention – indeed, those things can often be detriments – it’s the (a) rhythm and pace of a (b) story well told that is (c) exactly as long as it needs to be. At least, that’s what I look for. Therefore, it was a pleasure to read the ten stories that comprise this short science fiction collection, that, although loosely themed, are each one unique and satisfy all of the above criteria.
Very concise summary: Mark Watney is Robinson Crusoe on Mars without pal Friday to keep him company. He has to figure out how to survive until the next Mars mission arrives. There have been a few books recently such as Robopocalypse and Ready Player One, that read like they have been written to be made into movies This book is one of those. I swayed between three and four stars on this one and finally kicked it up to four.
Vigil is a vampire apocalyptic novel told in two time streams penned by English author Craig Saunders (writing here as C.R. Saunders). This is not a romance, the vampires are brutal and viscous killers, and the humans at war with them are suitably meek but actively opposed to the hunters higher up in the food chain than themselves.
Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma is a collection of short stories by Alex Shvartsman, ranging from humorous urban fantasy stories about quack exorcists-for-hire, to Christmas tales from the deepest, grimmest future to the occasional case of meta-humorous shenanigans, taking place among characters that are perfectly aware that they are going through nonsensical events in a disorderly universe.
The Shoggoth Conspiracy by David Conyers is the first collected omnibus of Harrison Peel's adventures set in a Lovecraftian universe. Contained herein you will find 11 superlative stories and novellas chronicling the adventures of our eponymous hero as he battles against human and not so human adversaries under the auspices of the mysterious Code 89 initiative.