The Dimension Scales and Other Stories [NOOK Book]

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“A theory emerged, with testable predictions, and there, like a candy apple, hung the omega symbol that unlocked it all. He knew what he needed to do...”

Reminiscent of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” and Roald Dahl’s TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, Garry Abbott’s THE DIMENSION SCALES AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of fourteen short speculative fictions. THE DIMENSION SCALES is based around themes of malevolent and secret authorities, ...
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Overview

“A theory emerged, with testable predictions, and there, like a candy apple, hung the omega symbol that unlocked it all. He knew what he needed to do...”

Reminiscent of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” and Roald Dahl’s TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED, Garry Abbott’s THE DIMENSION SCALES AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of fourteen short speculative fictions. THE DIMENSION SCALES is based around themes of malevolent and secret authorities, metamorphosis, survival and projections of contemporary fears into near-future realities.

From worlds inhabited by murderous animals, inept time travellers and clandestine, suburban social experiments—to the sentience, love and moral awakenings of artificial intelligences—THE DIMENSION SCALES invites you to explore the twists and perils of extraordinary moments in disturbingly familiar universes, linked together by one devastating epiphany:

“Something happened, and the world splintered...”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149260119
  • Publisher: Garry Abbott
  • Publication date: 4/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 60,175
  • File size: 508 KB

Meet the Author

Garry Abbott is a musician and writer who lives in Staffordshire in the UK with his fiancée and two cats. The Dimension Scales and Other Stories is his first self-published fiction collection. To find out more about Garry’s other work and future projects, please visit www.garryabbott.co.uk

Illustrations by Nicola Winstanley.
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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Part of the attraction of short story anthologies to many reader

    Part of the attraction of short story anthologies to many readers is the variation and originality of the different authors featured.
    Any author wanting to release an anthology solely of their work has a lot of work to do to keep readers interested.
    The Dimension Scales and Other Stories, a collection of fourteen sci-fi shorts from new indie author Garry Abbott does just that.

    The opener The Diary Of Derek Froggat, The Accidental Time Traveller, a sporadic account of a man thrown through time against
    his will, echoes cleverly through the final story The Voice Of Strad. Indeed, one of the great features of this collection is discovering
    how interconnected many of the stories are, some obvious, others requiring a second read for the penny to drop.

    Black Swarm is a chilling take on the old b-movie style ant invasion story which, once reading will send shivers down your spine
    upon hearing a West Country accent in the future.

    Given recent claims of a computer passing the Turing test it's pretty apt that I was reading Love In The Shell when the news broke,
    as it deals precisely with that issue, where a family intervenes when their daughter becomes obsessed with an online friend they
    believe to be a bot.

    Cry Again Army, is a thrilling dystopian tale of a woman coerced in to first teaching and then becoming the lover of a rich couple's
    creepy son, the main advantage being granted access to a cryogenics program which will change her life and the future of humanity
    forever. This is one of the bigger stories in the series and there's plenty of room for expansion of this tale.

    As the collection continues, there are lots of nods to The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits and a few more bizarre stories that
    would be more at home in a Roald Dahl collection. Some of the really short stories work very well, such as The Drawing Room,
    where a man finds himself lured into a strange trap by a flyer (did Derek Froggat escape a similar fate?) and the title story
    The Dimension Scales, a cheeky nod to classic sci-fi and The Day The Stars Moved is a short, simple and sweet story of a teenager
    staring at the night sky and noticing something odd.

    One of the standouts for me was Animals Attack: Parts I-IV an apocalyptic tale of murderous animals which has great potential for
    a novel or series. It's got some great characters and a solid plot and I'd love to hear more from this story.
    There are also plenty of cautionary tales, such as Alex, Boudicca and Benny the Bear, and Newsbot Serial One well as the more
    horror-oriented Scalp.

    This is a strong collection which accomplishes a great deal in establishing Garry Abbott as an author with a great future and I look
    forward to seeing what he can do with a full novel. He's got a great writing style, an eye for detail and some great ideas and as a
    self-published author, he has taken the time to produce a well-packaged product with a great cover that's also well-edited and
    formatted.
    Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

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    I thoroughly loved "The Dimension Scales & Other Storie

    I thoroughly loved "The Dimension Scales & Other Stories" by Garry Abbott & easily give it 5 stars. The stories held my attention & flowed smoothly. The writer has a wonderful way of expressing his thoughts. I loved how from the very beginning of each story, you were hooked by the first paragraph..there was something that got your attention that wasn't fully explained until later in the story. I love this kind of writing! It provides a little mystery into the pot. There were no endless useless descriptions..every word helped the story along & had a purpose. The topics were unique..not the same 'ole, same 'ole stories that have been told a 1,000 times. And every one of them has a surprise ending that you just don't see coming! Since it's less than 200 pages & the writing flow so smoothly, you may not be able to put it down until you've devoured the whole thing in one sitting!

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    Twilight Zone-esque little gems of stories.

    Twilight Zone-esque little gems of stories.

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