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Deep Space

By: Milo James Fowler
Narrated by: Don Wang
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Deep Space collects seven short stories from the outer rim: "Live by the Ten, Die by the Gun"; "From Gaia to Proxima Centauri"; "Resurrection of the Hornet"; "Autonomic Zen and the Art of Destruction"; "From Scheol My Soulfire Burns"; "Dance by the Light of the Moon"; "Tomorrow's Dawn".

©2017 Milo James Fowler (P)2019 Milo James Fowler

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Holes and Deus-ex Machina

The first story "Live by the Ten, Die by the Gun" is full of plot holes that bring down the structure, add that to the fact that Judge Lucy acts in a few scenes (beginning by undermining her security chief... who NEED to be aware of all dangers and weapons on board), added to that a "magic" weapon who can do about everything but the Sheriff knows nothing about it... and some villains that doesn't seem to be ready to go the whole length to reach what looks like a cham of a mission.
"From Gaia to Proxima Centauri" is more solid but it still presents "holes", since Gaia search for time gaps and finds none, but she is told there should be...
"Resurrection of the hornet" is a flash fiction but one depending on a Deus-ex Maquina super item.

and so and so... all in good ideas, but lacking in the execution.

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Space Theme not the authors best, but still ok

Comparisons are inevitable and again is hard to review a bunch of small stories at once.
I have read/listen to other short stories by Milo James Fowler with more dystopian themes that I liked a lot, so I was a bit let down when this group of stories (some way bigger, some way smaller) fail to get to some kind of point - that is always important to me even in short stories. Still, the universes created are interesting and one can get inspirations from them, for example.
I would urge anybody that starts with this book to try other stories from this author - this is the reason why I usually say I like stories and not authors.

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