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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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.
- Norma Miles
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
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
- Tim Dearing