Four sci-fi short stories where you'll find good computers, people who regret their past, and an explanation for something you're familiar with.
The first section had a series of six images that appeared grouped together. The furthest left showed a small creature that appeared to live in water. On its right was a similar creature, but it had legs and was crawling on the land. The remainder of the series showed progressive images showing the creature growing larger, and the appendages changing until it was fully erect and it was strikingly similar to the bone structure she had just looked at.
"The Greatest Host"
After the foraging, the host moved to a corner of the open area and there was another creature. The Mists were concerned that if their host were threatened or attacked, it would be terrible for them. They could all lose their lives at once. If the host sensed any threat, they would immediately use all of their ability to coerce the host back to the ship's location so they could download.
"Circle is Closed"
Commander Leopold Harnesy was standing on the bridge of the HSV#2. He was nervous; in fact, he was scared. The fate of HSV#1 was fresh in his mind. His ship's predecessor was sitting in the same exact location five years ago, and when its commander, Roberta Jenkins, engaged the faster than light drive, the ship disintegrated into trillions of molecules. It was obvious what had happened, the calculations were a little off.
This short story is an interesting tie-in between science fiction and corporate culture, with a computer throwing in a twist. Anyone that has worked in a large company will share some of the issues that Robert deals with. In this story, instead of 'they' causing the problem, it is the computer sharing the assignment.
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All the stories were very engaging and entertaining.
My favorite character was the lead researcher robot who was interested in "recombining" humans. She was my favorite because of her curiousity.
The base computer on Good Morning. He managed to convey a slight hint of danger without breaking character.
When I realized that there was a surprise in the anthology!
I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review. I've had troubles finding new true sci-fi authors to check out and I was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely read more of his stories.
I enjoyed these 4 science fiction stories by Ray Jay Perreault. Interesting characters and storylines made for an enjoyable listen. Look forward to more of his writing in the future. I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.”
Lisa Davidson is a poet, author, and devoted bibliophile (myopic from age four). Listening to audiobooks is pure bliss. Thank you, Audible!
Ray Jay Perreault has created a winner with his new "Science Fiction Anthology: Volume 1." All four stories are imaginative and original with a kicker and a twist, in the tradition of Asimov's and Analog.
I leave the Anthology loaded on my phone for those in-between moments when I don't want a novel, and every time I listen I hear something new that makes the stories richer. My favorite is the fourth story, "Good Morning," with its "gotcha" ending! Completely unexpected--and I think everyone can identify with the isolated worker, unsure of the line between discrimination and paranoia, and too exhausted by his situation to get any real perspective on why he is being so thoroughly abused. It's much more than a parody of office life in a corrupt corporation.
Narrator Christopher M. Allport succeeds in making multiple voices realistic, including the non-human ones! Enjoy.
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Mr. Perrault's stories are an acquired taste, and this anthology is not exception. That said, it is "classic" sci fi ,and so I would for those fans.
He is a good fit both stylistically and emotionally with RJP's content, and he was professional and consistent. I enjoyed him bringing the stories to life.
Anthologies rarely do, and this is no exception.
I received this audiobook from the author via Audioblast in exchange for an unbiased review, which is what this is. This is a moderately good anthology of similar short stories by RJP. Some of better than others, and some of them are unfinished or need editing. That said, it is an interesting collection of similar themed stories and worth the listen.
Love this authors works. I have listened to almost all of his stories. I was happy to get this collection of shorts as I hadn't yet heard the perfect host. Good morning still ranks as one of if not my all time favorite short story. Through simple conversations and recorded messages I can completely imagine the entire story in my head, wonderful with a perfect twist at the end. This author and narrator truly capture the essence of what sci fi is and Deliver it perfectly. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
Somewhere in the bottom half. I am not a huge sci-fi fan, let me first say. I like stories and if they happen to have the setting in the future or space, so be it. That being said, I liked the stories that were part of this to a degree. For my taste, there was a lot of reliance on understanding the sci-fi aspect of the stories to really get the flavor of the story itself. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I don't want to always have to figure out who is a robot, etc. That is my cross to bear. The stories were well written and had subtle doses of old school dystopia thrown in. The narrator was poorly paced, his reading was jerky and his voices were often unclear, to the point of confusion. I attributed it to voicing robots at first, but it doesn't change when robots are not the characters.
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This was an entertaining collection of science fiction short stories. I especially liked the first story (Progeny) and the last (Good Morning). I actually really like short stories because they are easy to listen to between things that I have going on. Even though science fiction is not my FAVORITE genre, I still enjoy it, and I found these stories very enjoyable and entertaining. I like how the author brings in his experience from his careers to make each story seem realistic. I listened to the Audible audio version of the book narrated by Christopher M. Allport. I thought he did a good job, but there weren't a whole lot of different "voices" required for this book, so I'm unsure of what his range is, since this is the first book I've listened to that is narrated by him. Based on this book alone, I enjoyed him and would listen to other books he has narrated. If you are a fan of science fiction or short stories, I recommend giving this book a try.
I prefer longer fiction but these short stories were a nice short diversion from my current novel. I didn't care for the first story, Progeny. All of the characters were AI and the flat monotonous reading got on my nerves. I can't fault the narrator here because how else would you read it? I think that one would be better left to print. The others were better with the last one, Good Morning, being my favorite of the bunch. It seemed the most believable or "real" of the stories and it satisfied my suspicious nature.
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The sci-fi collection of short stories was a new thing for me. Generally I always have hit/miss with story collections, and I'm pretty sure its the same with everyone. I did receive this in exchange for a honest review. I am happy to say there were more hits than misses in this book. The narration could have been a bit better, but I was still able to enjoy. If you enjoy short stories, then I recommend. If you prefer long novels with character development, then this one is not for you, The author delivered as promised. I recommend this book to sci fi short story lovers.
The short stories have previously been released individually, and have now been collected together in one package.
As with most collections of short stories, there are good and bad in here. For whatever reason (I'm guessing it is the order they were written in, and also recorded in) the quality goes up with each story. This is a good thing, but it also makes the initial drop into the book a little difficult. Like most sci-fi shorts, there is often a quick twist/surprise in the tale too.
Now onto each story:
Progeny deals with a 'family' of artificial life forms going about their lives, in a world governed by 4 laws that protect and grow the society.
The writing here is very stilted and dry. This is probably intentional as we are dealing with AI robots, and works well for the characters. Unfortunately the dryness and the lack of any excitement or feeling to the characters ultimately robs the story of the impact it should have had. When the characters responses feel very "meh" to events, it makes it hard to feel much different.
The narration just makes the stilted feeling much worse (and maybe if I had read it, rather than audiobooked it the 'meh' wouldn't have come through in the same way. There is zero inflection or change for any characters - no voices, reactions or anything.
The Greatest Host
A very short story told from the point of view of an alien parasite looking for a new host, describing the actions of the host and it's surrounds.
The writing breaks from the stilted work of the previous story (giving relief that it was a story choice and not a author's style) but still is not natural. Being from the strange/alien POV is a cool idea, but it makes it a little hard to grasp what is going on. The final lines break from this POV and everything comes into context. I actually went through this one twice, once without the context and once with to see the difference. The context provided by the ending was good and interesting, but I would have preferred to see it build over the story. There was little to no chance of 'guessing' the context without knowing it.
Again, narration is dry, no rise and fall.
Circle Is Closed
Story of a human colonists returning to earth (via the first working warp drive), long after earth was abandoned due to climate change and other misuse. The colonists hope that Earth will be back to a livable quality, but are going to find more than they bargained for.
This is the first story with human characters in it. They are well written (for the short time we interact with them). The writing generally is better here.This story is billed as "Progeny, Part 2" so the ending doesn't really come as the surprise/twist that I think the author intended.
Again (like a broken record here) the narration is flat and dry. At points the crew get exiting, but you wouldn't know it from that narration. The only change is when a robot speaks
On a side note, as a minor science nitpick: they arrive from hyperspace 127 000km from Earth and are unsure if the made it. Sounds like a lot? The moon is nearly 400 000km from Earth. They would have known for certain Earth was there.
Good Morning... Processes Must Be Improved
A miner, Robert, is sent to run a mine on Titan by himself, with only the local AI to help him. The AI tries it's hardest to get him to improve his work, but the loneliness of his position slowly takes over.
The story here is the best one yet. It deal with the human condition and what happens when isolation and depression set it.
The narration here is easier to follow and more interesting, mostly because of there is sound effects/distortion added to the robots voice. Normally i'm not a big fan of that, but by this point I welcomed a change from the sameness that was the rest of the narration. There was a point where humans are talking with no "he said", "she said" tags and it was very difficult to tell who said what because there was no change between them. Another point the story said "and then a different voice came on the radio"... and it was the exact same voice/tone/pace etc from the narrator. No change.
Overall I enjoyed the stories, but found the narration fairly lacking. I think this may be one that would be better to read yourself.
""To expand our knowledge and seek variation ...""
This short anthology of stories is classic s.f. and the reading beautifully executed by Mr.Allport in style of the writing.
Four stories, sometimes predicable but none the worse for that, all of which take an unusual look at what might seem to be commonplace. In the brief introduction, the author confides his love of science fiction and the ideas made possible within the genre. And these little vignettes both delight and make the listener think, pondering on ideas long after the story is finished. This is especially true of, Good Morning, the last in the selection. The perfect way to end this book.
The narration is not the usual, relaxed voice of most audio productions. Instead, and following the content of the first story, Christopher Allport has made himself a mechanoid. A good sympathetic pairing of author and narrator.
My thanks to the rights holder of Science Fiction Anthology for the complentary copy I received, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review. This I have given.
"A good book, well read"
These stories are very interesting and leave you wanting to know what happens next
The third story had a lovely sense of humour running through it which you do not always find in science fiction
The endings to these stories were the best, they leave you to make up the next chapter !
These were short stories which made it easy to listen to one story and then come back for another
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