Spring Into SciFi by Cloaked Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another eclectic collection of stories by Cloaked Press, this time in the sci-fi genre. Here are my absolute favorites:
- Date night by Sandy Stuckless – A cyborg and a scientist go on a blind date… – I loved this story, but I’m a Stuckless fangirl, so I might be a tad biased.
- Hero’s End by John Haas – Being a superhero isn’t easy. He’ll get back to Hero’s End, if it’s the last thing he does. – This was a heart-wrencher.
Stories that I also highly enjoyed (in no particular order):
- The Portal by Anthony Engebretson – This new weight-loss therapy will suck the fat right out of you.
- Look for the Union Label by Desmond Warzel – Doing business in the city comes with a lot of red tape. Thankfully, Maldonado, an android repairman, has it all in the box.
- The Radium Room by Tony Conaway – If you read Fall Into Fantasy: 2017 Edition, you’ll enjoy Conaway’s continuation of the world found in Care of Laborers’ Local Union No. 147. They need to find an seal off the Radium in those unpredictable tunnels, and there’s only one man for the job.
- Deepest Blue by Ewan R. Chapman – The Android Act is about to be passed, affording androids the same protection as their human counterparts. Time for celebration. Do you play chess?
- The Man Without a Planet by Myke Edwards – The Cloud has destroyed his home planet. With nothing else to do, why not answer that distress beacon?
- Data Transfer by Nick Morrison – Listen to the voice, Alice. Your therapist wants to help you.
Despite enjoying this anthology, I found several of the stories had a darker edge to them that left me a little disturbed (I’m looking at you, The Portal).
Still, a thoughtful and diverse collection of stories sure to propel your mind to the edges of space and technology. Go ahead and give it a try. There’s something for just about everyone in there.
See my review for Fall Into Fantasy, 2017 Edition.
**To the best of my recollection, this anthology is clean.