For generations, the science fiction genre and literary fiction have been perceived as irreconcilable. Startling Sci-Fi: New Tales of the Beyond attempts to prove otherwise. These 13 stories are boldly literary while employing unmistakable characteristics of the sci-fi genre. Jhon Sanchez's "The Japanese Rice Cooker" and Daniel Gooding's "Crow Magnum Xix" toy with readers' expectations by defying traditional storytelling techniques while Eve Fisher's "Embraced" and David W. Landrum's "The Priestesses of Light" are intricately constructed character studies. Rob Hartzell's "The Dead and Eternal" raises profound concerns about modern technology though Adam Sass's "98% Graves" takes an optimistic view of the future. Every story is accompanied by Stefanie Masciandaro's vibrant, hypnotic illustrations which simultaneously evoke the days of sci-fi pulp paperbacks yet remain firmly grounded in 21st century digital techniques. This anthology will take you beyond what you thought possible in science fiction.
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The best science fiction can take you to other worlds without leaving behind the basic human condition; the stories of Startling Sci Fi do this with an effortlessness that charms. Prepare to encounter cyborg assisted-living centres, virtual reality drag queens, and love rebooted from stored back-ups of transferred consciousnesses. Explore our world alongside benevolent alien symbiotes - or join the humans who resist them. No matter what dimension, time, or world you’re visiting, virtual or physical, bloody or calm, character remains king in this collection. Each tale reflects that universal human character in a different way, creating a whole that leaves the reader fully immersed and hard pressed not to read “just one more” before returning to reality. Startling Sci Fi manages to be both grounded in the genre and refreshingly unique. Casey Ellis should be very proud - this is a great collection of voices adding worthy stories to the science fiction world. I’ll be hunting for more from these authors, and I hope Ellis gathers more great talent in collections to come.