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18 Wheels of Science Fiction

By: Eric Miller, Paul Carlson, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Terry Bisson, John DeChancie, Michael Bailey, Bond Elam, Lisa Morton, Gary Phillips, Kate Jonez
Narrated by: Graydon Schlichter, Jennifer Knighton
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Take a trip through the imaginations of 18 visionary writers as they explore the future of trucking in this new science fiction anthology! There's something for every genre fiction fan in this follow-up to the hit 18 Wheels of Horror: A Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors.

An alien fuel additive shows just how fast a big rig can go.... A disembodied driver wages war on self-driving trucks.... A haul through time takes an unexpected turn.... Reality shatters for a trucker using an experimental delivery device.... Stargazing gives an overweight driver a new lease on life.... A young girl risks her life to hitch a ride out of an apocalyptic wasteland....

The highways of the universe will never be the same!

©2018 Eric Miller DBA Big Time Books (P)2019 Eric Miller DBA Big Time Books

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Adventures in trucking on the highways & in space

This is a very enjoyable collection of science fiction and trucking. Some trucks still traveling the roads of Earth, some "trucking" in space, and even some time-traveling trucking.

They all involve artificial intelligence in some form.

One uploaded, former flesh-and-blood, trucker is on a war of revenge against the AI takeover of his former profession. Another progresses from live trucker signing on as a driver for testing, and partnering with, AI-assisted trucking, through an increasingly mechanized body, in ways that may seem very disturbing to many readers. Yet he remains convinced the company has treated him very well, and kept the promises they made him.

One story involves a young girl living in a bleak, dystopian wasteland, and making a desperate attempt at escape.

Others involve happier partnerships between AIs and human truckers, and enjoyable adventures in the new world of trucking.

Not all the stories completely worked for me, but that's normal for any anthology. Overall, it's highly enjoyable. Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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