It's 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear. Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole.
The complete list of authors includes: Richard Fox, Ralph Kern, Stephen Moss, Josh Hayes, Shellie Horst, PP Corcoran, Chris Guillory, Rosie Oliver, Charlie Pulsipher, Jacob Cooper, Jo Zebedee, PJ Strebor, Thaddeus White, and Stephen Palmer.
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Normally not a sci-fi guy, but here and there I delve into it. I found this book because of Jacob Cooper. I love his fantasy books. Then, I saw several other big names. I loved Stephen Moss's fear saga. Richard Fox is well known for his military sci-fi, though I've never read one of his books. Ralph Kern appears to have some clout in the genre as well. I hadn't heard of the others, but I've found a new TBR/TBL list thanks to this anthology.
All the stories herein are unique. Ralph Kern opens the book and sets the stage with The Challenge. It was exceptionally well done, and I think the narration did a lot to convince me to keep with this. I'll review that separately, but the characters were genuine to me and I appreciate the voice talent. PP Corcoran's story was perhaps the most unique as it doesn't feature a wormhole, but it still a great short that showcases some skill. I won't go through each of them, but I will say my favorites were PJ Strebor's Flawed Perspective, Charlie Pulsipher's Webbed Prisms, Jacob Cooper's Anathema, and Stephen Palmer's A Second Infection. I really did enjoy Stephen Moss's story as well, though it felt too long. Surprisingly, I thought wouldn't like AI Deniers by Rosie Oliver. But her usage of a news caster to show a lot of what was happening "off paper" was clever.
Anathema (Jacob Cooper) and A Second Infection (Stephen Palmer) both have elements similar to each other. I guess I kind of liked the "sentience" idea of certain...things. Trying not to spoil much. Oh, and I really did LOVE the characters of Lost Colony (Josh Hayes), including that freakish sarcastic monkey (Michaelson's voice for him...yeah awesome), but the story ended a bit flat.
Many of these stories I would like to see expanded. Great beginning threads.
Overall, I'm rating this 5 stars. I think the stories on their own I'd give 4 stars as an aggregate, with the unsocial stories ranging from 3-5 stars. The reason for the 5 stars overall in Michaelson's performance. Even with some mediocre material he knocked it out of the park. Proof again that a narrator helps (or kills) an already good story. I swear the man has a vault of a thousand voices. Ive listened to a couple other of his performances, each very good.
Always a little nerve racking getting into an anthology...so many different styles and stories that you might catch schizophrenia! This was a great mix. It did have lots of different stories, but you can also just skip around to your favorites without feeling bad.
Favorites: The Lost Colony, Through Glassy Eyes, Anathema, Personal Growth.
Liked: Webbed Prisms, The Challenge, Here Then Forever, Flawed Perspective, Dead Weight.
The rest were fine, just didn't do much for me. One was just...weird. Won't single it out. Maybe I just need to listen to it again. Still, I didn't find one that I really disliked, which is waaayyyy rare in an anthology of 14 stories! There is a sequel coming up that I will pick up.
Mr. Michaelson did fantastic overall. I WILL look for his other work. I think every character had a unique voice all his/her own. I think he could read tax records and make them interesting.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed each story in this collection, they all centered around the common theme of Wormholes without sounding the same, it was pure joy to the ears!
I was especially pleased with the story "Janus", of course if you look at the moniker I use you might understand why a involving my own personal, minor deity works for me.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I like this anthology . Explorations Through the Wormhole was well done by many different authors. each author was given the same universe to create their story. This led to a good plan for an anthology because you knew some of the background before you started the story. some of the stories I like better than others but all of the stories for good. you would do well to take the time to listen to this anthology.
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