It's 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear. Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole.
The complete list of authors includes: Richard Fox, Ralph Kern, Stephen Moss, Josh Hayes, Shellie Horst, PP Corcoran, Chris Guillory, Rosie Oliver, Charlie Pulsipher, Jacob Cooper, Jo Zebedee, PJ Strebor, Thaddeus White, and Stephen Palmer.
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Normally not a sci-fi guy, but here and there I delve into it. I found this book because of Jacob Cooper. I love his fantasy books. Then, I saw several other big names. I loved Stephen Moss's fear saga. Richard Fox is well known for his military sci-fi, though I've never read one of his books. Ralph Kern appears to have some clout in the genre as well. I hadn't heard of the others, but I've found a new TBR/TBL list thanks to this anthology.
All the stories herein are unique. Ralph Kern opens the book and sets the stage with The Challenge. It was exceptionally well done, and I think the narration did a lot to convince me to keep with this. I'll review that separately, but the characters were genuine to me and I appreciate the voice talent. PP Corcoran's story was perhaps the most unique as it doesn't feature a wormhole, but it still a great short that showcases some skill. I won't go through each of them, but I will say my favorites were PJ Strebor's Flawed Perspective, Charlie Pulsipher's Webbed Prisms, Jacob Cooper's Anathema, and Stephen Palmer's A Second Infection. I really did enjoy Stephen Moss's story as well, though it felt too long. Surprisingly, I thought wouldn't like AI Deniers by Rosie Oliver. But her usage of a news caster to show a lot of what was happening "off paper" was clever.
Anathema (Jacob Cooper) and A Second Infection (Stephen Palmer) both have elements similar to each other. I guess I kind of liked the "sentience" idea of certain...things. Trying not to spoil much. Oh, and I really did LOVE the characters of Lost Colony (Josh Hayes), including that freakish sarcastic monkey (Michaelson's voice for him...yeah awesome), but the story ended a bit flat.
Many of these stories I would like to see expanded. Great beginning threads.
Overall, I'm rating this 5 stars. I think the stories on their own I'd give 4 stars as an aggregate, with the unsocial stories ranging from 3-5 stars. The reason for the 5 stars overall in Michaelson's performance. Even with some mediocre material he knocked it out of the park. Proof again that a narrator helps (or kills) an already good story. I swear the man has a vault of a thousand voices. Ive listened to a couple other of his performances, each very good.
Always a little nerve racking getting into an anthology...so many different styles and stories that you might catch schizophrenia! This was a great mix. It did have lots of different stories, but you can also just skip around to your favorites without feeling bad.
Favorites: The Lost Colony, Through Glassy Eyes, Anathema, Personal Growth.
Liked: Webbed Prisms, The Challenge, Here Then Forever, Flawed Perspective, Dead Weight.
The rest were fine, just didn't do much for me. One was just...weird. Won't single it out. Maybe I just need to listen to it again. Still, I didn't find one that I really disliked, which is waaayyyy rare in an anthology of 14 stories! There is a sequel coming up that I will pick up.
Mr. Michaelson did fantastic overall. I WILL look for his other work. I think every character had a unique voice all his/her own. I think he could read tax records and make them interesting.
I can honestly say that I enjoyed each story in this collection, they all centered around the common theme of Wormholes without sounding the same, it was pure joy to the ears!
I was especially pleased with the story "Janus", of course if you look at the moniker I use you might understand why a involving my own personal, minor deity works for me.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
"Well done anthology"
I like this anthology . Explorations Through the Wormhole was well done by many different authors. each author was given the same universe to create their story. This led to a good plan for an anthology because you knew some of the background before you started the story. some of the stories I like better than others but all of the stories for good. you would do well to take the time to listen to this anthology.
"Hit and miss"
Hit and miss stories. Some very good others ok and the rest well the less said the better
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