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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
I undertook this review with a degree of trepidation. Having read sci-fi collections previously, I had found some of the stories so oblique as to be virtually unintelligible. To my delight, however, Tales From The Universe turned out to be a collection of excellent stories, carefully edited and well written.
There are ten tales in all. The first, The Devout Atheist by Daniel M. Bensen, presents us with a world where God and his Angels live amongst us. Second is Upgrade to Murder by Rob Edwards, a truly imaginative slant on one man’s relationship with his ship's AI. Next is Suliko by R.H. Nelson, a dystopian tale of multiple lives, followed by Dead in Space by Matthew Harvey, a harrowing tale of a ship’s dying AI trying to make contact with its potential rescuers. Then we have The Familiar Road by Pedro Camelo, about which I will not say too much in order not to spoil the surprise. Sixth is Cosmic Egg by Ricardo Victoria - a mind blowing deep space yarn, then we head quickly back to Earth with Small World by Brian S. Converse, where an alien battles to save our planet from insidious invaders which only he can identify. The eighth tale is The Ellian Convergence by Brent A. Harris where, in the distant future, androids try to change the course of history in order to avert a cosmic catastrophe. Ninth is Lazarus Soldiers by Leo McBride, with an eerily realistic battle involving live combatants that are re-booted into new bodies if killed, and finally Deep In The Rock by Jessica Holmes, an atmospheric tale of mining asteroids with a surprising twist.
Congratulations to Inklings Press: Tales From The Universe is a great collection of good, solid science fiction stories from a group of talented authors. It would be unfair to pick any single tale out for particular praise as every story in this collection has elements to recommend it. If you are a fan of science fiction, get this book; you will not be disappointed.