Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Can 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.
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)
SeriesQSF Flash Fiction #2