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Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite
Bill Eckel’s Science Fiction Fantasies, Tales and Origins Volume 2, is a compilation of short stories. He tells stories of how humans evolved and where they came from. One of the stories was a bit different, as it was about a witch fighting a demon, but it still managed to fit into the theme. Some of Mr. Eckel’s stories are about how “humans” try to figure out who their Creator - aka God - is, while others show how they evolved over time, either by being a cyborg or some other type of Artificial Intelligence. Not all of the stories have a happy ending, but then I guess that depends on your point of view. This is the second volume, and although I have not read the first one yet, I am not sure that is necessary to do so.
I found the stories in Bill Eckel’s Science Fiction Fantasies, Tales and Origins Volume 2, quite fascinating. Mr. Eckel is a master at world building, which is not an easy thing to do in such a short amount of time. He made you think about the consequences of humans becoming evolved, and you wonder if it really is a good thing after all. I found this to be a fast read. I was able to finish it in one evening. I’m a slow reader, but I literally could not put the book down, it was so good. I am hoping to read Volume 1 some day. Thanks to Mr. Eckel, I am now a fan of short stories!