A MelanieM Review: Impact: Queer Sci Fi’s Fifth Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction Book 4)

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

IM * PACT
(noun)

1) One object colliding with another
2) An impinging of something upon something else
3) An influence or effect on something or someone
4) The force of a new idea, concept, technology or ideology

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 110 of our favorites.

A difficult choice to be made. An object hurtling recklessly through space. A new invention that will change the world. So many things can impact a life, a society, or a planet.

Impact features 300 word speculative fiction ficlets from across the queer spectrum from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Welcome to Impact.

I’m in love with the flash fiction format.  It’s so difficult for an author to build a universe, characters and then fit them into a well constructed story in a much larger framework, let alone one of 300 words. Yet here’s an anthology of 245 pages of writers and stories,  all you could want, do exactly that.

Mostly science fiction, but there’s fantasy and some horror as well (divided into sections).  Small amuse bouche’s of fiction to delight and tantalize your narrative taste buds.

Normally in anthology’s I’d pick up stories that are my favorite’s and put them forth as examples. Well, there is no doing that here.  I have far too many, my lists run wild.  Where would I start?  Would it be with the AI going back to find his love through a time warp in the past?  A woman on the small side who throws a troll down a hillside and then heads home to her husband and wife?  No, I won’t tell you the kicker here.  But what a delight!  There is a wifch who take flight on night’s she shouldn’t, and an Ad campaign that turns a marketer to despair.  And everything in between.

Asking me to choose which I loved best is like asking me to choose a puppy out of a litter or which ice cream I want on a hot day.  It’s just not done.  Because of course, you want them all.  You need them all.  And the lovely thing about a story of this length is that you can quickly read one at any time and put the anthology down.  Of course, the aftereffects amy linger on.  Be prepared for that as well.  There are some real stunners here that will keep you thinking their themes reverberating after they are over.

Honestly, yes there are some that might not be 5 star stories but it’s because so many here are that they suffer in comparison.  So read them, take them as they are, and move on.  I admire them for taking on the challenge.  A 300 word story is a mighty courageous feat to attempt. Kudos to these authors for the worlds, characters, and visions they have brought to us.  Just amazing.

Cover art: Lex Chase.  Not fond of this cover.  With all the authors stretching our imagination, I would have hoped the artist would have done so as well.

Sales Links: Amazon Kindle

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published July 25th 2018 by Other Worlds Ink
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A Jeri Release Day Review: THIRDS Beyond the Books: Volume 2 by Charlie Cochet

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

thirds-beyond-the-books-vol-2If you are a THIRDS fan, you get excited about the next book coming out. If you are a rabid THIRDS fan, you join fan groups and wait for Thursdays. Because on Thursdays, Ms Cochet gives us what she calls “THIRDS Thursday”. A snippet  of a story that isn’t in the books. We love those magic words “THIRDS Thursday is up!” so we can run to her website to sate our thirst for all things Dex and company.

If you have no idea what I am talking about at this point- just move on. Or actually, go back and start with the first book Hell and High Water. Then you will understand. If you are wondering how you had no idea you were missing THIRDS Thursday- it’s your lucky day! Volumes I and II of Beyond the Books brings together all those shorts into one convenient place.

These stories are at times sweet, sometimes hot, very often funny, and when she really wants to torture us, they can make you cry. These shorts are almost like movie outtakes, or scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor. I know that there are “prompts” that she uses to get a story started- often sent to her by fans. Like me. But, sadly, my prompt hasn’t yet been deemed worthy of a story.

You can easily read the whole book at once- or you can savor it and read a few at a time. Because they are all the characters we know and love but they hold not great importance to the Books (the original series), you can pick it up and put it down.

Of course I recommend these books. Any THIRDS fan worth their Cheesy Doodles needs them in their library. And the proceeds go to Big Cat Rescue.

All royalties from this book will be donated to the Big Cat Rescue.http://bigcatrescue.org/

Cover art by L.C. Chase works perfectly, including the Cheesy Doodles.

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Book Details:

ebook, 138 pages
Expected publication: October 12th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 163477308X (ISBN13: 9781634773089)
Edition LanguageEnglish

SeriesTHIRDS

A Paul B Review: Flight Anthology by Queer Sci Fi

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

flight-anthologyCan you write a complete story in 300 words?  That was the challenge set forth by the Queer Science Fiction group to over 100 authors.  The topic chosen for the authors was flight.  The subjects were as varied as the authors.  Most of the stories I found entertaining while a couple left me flat. 

The stories themselves are divided into different genres within the field of science fiction.  General science fiction and fantasy dominate the anthology but there are also sections for those interested in horror and the paranormal. 

In this anthology, you will also find a full range of emotions.  While many of the stories feature some type of happy ending (whether for the moment or what appears to be ever after), there are those stories that are tragic or bittersweet.  Probably what one would expect in such a tome.

Besides the award winning stories selected by the editors (as I think they should be), my personal favorites include some favorite authors and some new ones to me.  I thought Alexis Woods’ Zero-G was especially unique in adapting current sports to futuristic technology.  Andrea Speed has a unique take on the rapture in Flight of the Buttheads.  Tam Ames has a warm family story in When the Fur Flies.  Kirby Quinlan has a unique take on superheroes in Wings.  Paul Stevens has a friends-to-lovers story on a space ship in Resupply.  Other stories I particularly loved were by Jo Tannah, Jennifer Lavoie, Christina Mary Franics, Ginger Struesel, M.D. Grimm, Nicole Dennis, and Alicia Nordwell.  Overall, if you would like some quick reads with a nice variety in the stories, I would highly recommend picking up this anthology.

The cover art and illustrations throughout the book by Mila May are simply breathtaking.  The illustrations depicting the winning stories are perfect.

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Mischief Corner Books

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Book Details

ebook, First, 262 pages
Published September 21st 2016 by Mischief Corner Books, LLC
Original TitleFlight: Queer Sci Fi’s Third Annual Flash Fiction Contest (QSF Flash Fiction, #2)
Edition LanguageEnglish

SeriesQSF Flash Fiction #2