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The Future Chronicles - Special Edition by samuel peralla

 by Samuel Peralta (Author), Hugh Howey (Author), David Adams (Author), Sam Best (Author), Angela Cavanaugh (Author), Peter Cawdron (Author), Ann Christy (Author), Nina Croft (Author), Patrice Fitzgerald (Author), Deirdre Gould (Author), Moira Katson (Author), A. K. Meek (Author), Susan Kaye Quinn (Author), Vincent Trigili (Author), Nick Webb (Author), Jennifer Foehner Wells (Author), Nicolas Wilson (Author)

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Full Disclosure: I've been privileged to be in three FC anthologies so far (Alien, Z & Immortality) and have spots reserved in at least two more scheduled to run in the next six to eight months. Other than reading and loving The Future Chronicles Special Edition anthology, I have no involvement in the collection.

So if the different anthologies released in the past year were all-star teams, then The Future Chronicles is a best of the best. Some of my favorite stories from collections like The Robot Chronicles, The Telepath Chronicles, The Alien Chronicles and The A.I. Chronicles appear, inviting you to rediscover them, to read them again for the first time in the context of this new collection, outside of the confines of their genre-specific collection. For some, it seems to imbue them with new meaning. When reading A.K. Meek's The Invariable Man (later expanded to a longer book) with a brand new story on one end and stories about telepaths just pages later, it almost can be read with a new and different point of view.

In The Future Chronicles, we get eleven stories previously released in those first four of the Future Chronicles collections.
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Format: Paperback
The Future Chronicles is a line of anthologies specializing in speculative fiction. Focusing on a central theme, each one tackling some fascinating topics. From zombies to dragons to alternate history, these are excellent stories by top-notch independent authors. How do I know this? Because I have read all of the anthologies in this series to date and found them to have page-turning stories of the highest caliber. From covers to editing to the stories themselves, this line of anthologies is a high-quality package from top to bottom.

This anthology, in particular, is a sampler of the first four anthologies in the Chronicles series, presenting full-length stories about robots, telepaths, aliens and artificial intelligence, as well as a couple of other subjects for good measure. With eleven reprinted stories and five new stories written especially for this edition, there is something here for everyone. Featuring an introduction by Hugh Howey about the best qualities of short stories and how this anthology exemplifies these ideas, here are the sixteen stories from this volume:

Sam Best's "A Dream of Waking" - Jacob has been asleep for a very long time, held in a coffin-like container, tubes hooked up to his head and body. No one talks to him, except for one nurse, giving him little clues as to what's happening. The next time he wakes up, he tries to pull off an escape, with some help from an unlikely source. Why he's hooked up and sleeping so much and what he's escaping from are the great mysteries that keep you turning pages. Deeply immersed in Jacob's absolute terror, this is a scary and disturbing story with a fantastic ending.

A.K. Meek's "The Invariable Man" - In the far future, Micah works in a technology junkyard re-purposing what's there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By David Bruns on September 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Think of this volume as the greatest hits of the Future Chronicles. I’ve read and reviewed almost all the FC anthologies, so I’d seen most of these stories before, but there were a few new ones sprinkled in.

“Defiance” by Susan Kaye Quinn was new one written in her Singularity world and featuring Cyrus, the lovable ruffian. SKQ knows how to craft her short fiction to suck a reader in and it’s a great adjunct to her other books.

Of the “old” ones, my favorite was Nina Croft’s “Ethical Override,” a Blade Runner-like cop stuck in a world where all decision-making power has been delegated to a group of androids called the Stewards.

I rcvd an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Vered Ehsani on September 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I was offered a copy in exchange for an honest review, and I'm so glad I took up the offer. This was a marvelous sampling of Sci-Fi authors. The collection of stories does a marvelous job upholding the highest standard of Science Fiction. Humorous, dark, suspenseful, imaginative, thought-provoking, engaging: all this and more. Often I'd finish a story and be left wondering, "What if?" And when you start thinking more deeply about reality, you know the story has worked. I highly recommend this to any Sci-Fi fan or anyone curious about the genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By nmsunny on September 18, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
OMG !! This short story takes off from the beginning and never slows down. The characters are as well developed as they could be considering the short length of the book. The tone of the story is alternately hopeful and dark. The end left me wondering "what if..." and saying "if only." It is a story that I have thought about quite a bit since I finished reading it. Be prepared for twists, turns, and an ending that left me gasping. Well done, Sam Best. We want more !!!
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