Reth had a crush on Xan, an old schoolmate, throughout their academy days – though he didn’t think it went anywhere since Xan asked him to “wait” at a graduation party but never came back. Now, Xan is assigned to his ship, and Reth is surprised that he still holds at least a small flame for Xan. Will anything come of it?
The Bard’s Song
Taurin, a knight, comes to Jéànty’s Inn to hear an elfin bard out of curiosity. He comes back because he is drawn to the elusive player. When they meet, music happens in more ways than one.
World Enough and Time
The world is ending and Allan wants to live life as best he can in what time is left. On an off chance, he meets Ricky and wonders if there will be time enough for them.
Parking Lot Hero
Vic and Matt are partners in more ways than one – they are not only lovers, but Vic has also gained certain powers from being with Matt. It is those powers that enable him to save their landlady from a trio of bikers in a store parking lot.
Trace is a prisoner bound to fight in a war not of his own making when his ship crashes on a planet. Davin is a clone and part of a unit that is sent out to search for any survivors. Will Davin let Trace escape or will he turn him in for the bounty?
Tylar Daire is part of a mission that has set out to find the cure for an illness that is killing Terran colonists. Aside from himself, as mission navigator, the others that are part of the mission are a soldier (an old friend of Tylar’s), the captain, a scientist, and a pilot whom Tylar has growing feelings for. Tylar’s friend, Jareth, winds up catching the virus but does not want anyone to know until it is almost too late. That proves nearly fatal for Tylar, who also winds up with the nearly fatal virus. He survives but is a carrier – which would affect any lover he would have. Will that stop Rion (the mission’s pilot) and the budding relationship he has with Tylar?
Gabe and Luce are two angels who share a relationship not meant to be. Due to that, one of them has lost his wings, and the other chooses to fall with him. Is there a future for the two of them or only a death sentence?
In a time and place where pleasure can be had in a virtual reality parlor, a man has what he considers to be a perfect lover in the form of one of the programs. And yet, over time, the line between reality and programming blurs, and the programming becomes more and more real. Is it the illusion of a yearning heart or is love enough to overcome binary coding?
This reviewer’s overall impression of the anthology is a good one. For the most part, the stories seem to be snapshots of single points in time (a few hours in the day). The only exceptions to this are “Navigator’s Log” and “VR Palace” which take place over a longer period of time. All of the characters presented throughout the anthology capture the reader’s attention to the point that it would have been nice to see more to of the individual stories (even the longer ones). One character that really stood out for me is Melba Kowalewsky, Matt and Vic’s landlady in “Parking Lot Hero”. What I found endearing about her is that she sounds like quite a few older Polish ladies I have had the privilege of knowing.
- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (March 28, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441430695
- ISBN-13: 978-1441430694
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