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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Starships & Apocalypse: Volume One by Andrew P. McGregor is a collection of stories covering different sub-genres under the science fiction label. Each story has a different take on triumph, grit, time travel, immortality, or simply people trying to exist. Some stories are bizarre, and even a little absurd (which I absolutely) loved. The stories range from a demon desperate to lessen his pain, a maniac genius exiled to the past on Earth, and even sentient combat armor that was mistreated by its owners. These are just some of the stories that left an impact on me, but there are many more that are just as fantastic and entertaining as you expect them to be.
While there are plenty of stories in this collection, my absolute favorite was Demon Dave. You don’t often come across an anti-hero like Dave and feel sorry for him. He was in excruciating pain, and the only way to relieve it was by eating humans. Fascinating and entertaining at the same time. Regardless of the length of the story, each of them was complete and concise. Readers get a perfect slice of life, even when the protagonist is slowly going insane while in solitary confinement. The pace differs from slow, fast, to absolute slow-burn, which gives a nice set of variety for readers to choose from. Each story is unique on a different topic and touches on almost every sub-genre in the science fiction genre in an exceptionally creative way. The characters are complete, rounded, and well-developed (which is surprising, considering that this is a short story collection). For fans of science fiction, this is the perfect travel companion.