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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
The latest collection of stories from Rich DiSilvo is an intriguing, thought-provoking mix of tales. Published under the title Short Stories V: Speculative Musings, the book contains an eclectic assortment of short stories, starting with a disturbing look at how modern animation could fuel a nuclear war. This is followed by Extinction, a plausible scenario, where DiSilvio not only visualizes the death of mankind but also speculates on what may come after us. This promising start is followed by another ten tales covering such diverse subjects as a meteor crash on the moon which pushes our satellite on a collision course with planet Earth, a narrative poem about a rather nasty individual, a tale set in an experimental laboratory with an unexpected twist, and a deeply philosophical work centered around the medical profession’s increasing ability to bring patients back to life.
This is a great collection of stories that often had me staring into the distance, trying to get my head around some of the concepts. I am still trying to decide on my favorite between two stories which got me thinking the most. The first is a startling perspective on what may be causing the huge increase in Autism, AIDS and global warming since the seventies; the other concerns a highly developed Artificial Intelligence losing patience with the human race and trying to develop an egalitarian system for humanity to live by.
Rich DiSilvio is a talented author whose output never fails to impress. The quality of his latest collection amply displays his abilities as a writer on top of his game. I thoroughly enjoyed the collection and some of the concepts are still circling around in my limited cranium where I think they will be for some time while I try to resolve the implications. Congratulations to Rich DiSilvio for another sterling piece of work. I am sure Short Stories V: Speculative Musings will be a great success.