Obsidian Worlds

11 Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Shorts

Fiction - Science Fiction
247 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2015
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Author Biography

Human. Male. From an obscure planet in the Milky Way Galaxy. Sci-fi novelist with a PhD in philosophy. Likes chocolates, Labradors, and zombies (not necessarily in that order). Werbeloff spends his days constructing thought experiments, while trying to muster enough guilt to go to the gym.

He’s written two novels, ‘Hedon’ and ‘The Solace Pill’, and the short story anthology, ‘Obsidian Worlds’. His books will make your brain hurt. And you’ll come back for more.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Marilla Mulwane for Readers' Favorite

Jason Werbeloff's Obsidian Worlds is a collection of short science fiction stories that span nearly every sci-fi theme imaginable. The stories also take on moral issues of today, and being able to take on these issues without sounding preachy and tell a good story is quite a feat. It seems that Werbeloff's goal was to make readers think and he does that in every story.

Some of the stories, such as the first one, Your Averaged Joe, or Falling for Q46F, read like an episode of the Twilight Zone. There are several other mind benders like them throughout the book. Mind bending sci-fi that gets you thinking about something you never would have imagined before, that hits you in the brain and surprises you, and makes you want to read more is the best kind of sci-fi. Of course, I could be biased; I come from the Binghamton, NY area, home to Rod Serling. Others, such as F*cking Through the Apocalypse and Dinner with Flexi take on moral issues of today including homosexuality and the sex trade, but with a sci-fi dystopian flair. There is no question how Werbeloff feels about these subjects so it's like he's letting his fiction tell the world his stance, but without it being in your face.

All of the stories have interesting premises that keep you reading, but it's also Werbeloff's writing ability that makes the stories so good in Obsidian Worlds. His words flow perfectly without any choppy sentences that make the plot slow down. He knows how to develop characters in as few words as possible since these are short stories. You want to learn more about the characters and the worlds he creates and wish these were full books. As for the book title, Obsidian Worlds, it seems Werbeloff likes the word "obsidian" over something mundane and boring like "black," so where a not-as-awesome writer would use the word "black," he changes it to "obsidian" and connects the worlds throughout the book with that single word.

Rabia Tanveer

Obsidian Worlds: 11 Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Shorts by Jason Werbeloff is a collection of short stories that is perfect for people who love their sci-fi with a dash of the absurd. There are 11 stories in total and all of them have a different hero, a different setting, and a different yet entertaining outcome. Can you imagine having a headache so big that it will consume the whole universe? Well, Werbeloff has a story named "Your Averaged Joe" that shows what will happen if someone's headache is so powerful. I'm not giving much away, you will have to read these stories to find out more about them.

If you are not into average Joes, then you will definitely like a robot that falls in love, in the time when zombies have infested the whole world. Or you will indeed like the robot who guarantees a painless death, or the robot who has the ability to make all your desires and wishes come true.

Obsidian Worlds: 11 Mind-Bending Sci-Fi Shorts by Jason Werbeloff was indeed an eclectic mix. I was charmed the moment I read Your Averaged Joe. After that, I kept on reading the stories with a smile on my face. It was refreshing and very invigorating. I was completely enthralled by the way these stories were written. Mostly, writers are vague or very mysterious when they are writing such stories, but this one was on point and in your face. I really liked that. This is definitely a book that I will read again and again and again!

Mary DeKok Blowers

Obsidian Worlds is a book of short stories in the horror and apocalyptic science fiction genre. I found the stories to be extremely well written with original ideas. Some of the stories contain mature or disturbing themes. However, Jason Werbeloff is a master of the surprise ending, science fiction lending itself to that since the author of science fiction must invent new beings, worlds, foods, and modes of transportation. Werbeloff does this quite skillfully. For instance, visiting Grandpa’s brain seems like a zombie story at first, and metamorphoses into a repository of the brains of brilliant people, to be used as search engines! Imagine people searching Grandpa’s brain rather than Google, and you will have the general idea. But poor Grandpa is still alive, minus his body, and wants to plan an escape. How he does it is the surprise ending. The hilarious “The Time-Traveling Chicken Sexer” is a bizarre story about an unattractive woman who has learned that she can tell the sex of chicks without physically examining them. This skill makes her a commodity in the future, for some reason, and she and her goat enjoy their brief trip to the future.

I enjoyed reading Obsidian Worlds because it made me think. We don’t know what the future will hold or how long it will last, but it’s fun to imagine the possibilities, and some of them are more fun than others! If you enjoy this type of reading, Jason Werbeloff has written several other science fiction books and apparently has plans for more as he is expanding his team of beta readers. His contact information is in the back of the book for your convenience.