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Redshifted: Martian Stories, edited by Juliana Rew Book Review | SFReader.com
Redshifted: Martian Stories, edited by Juliana Rew Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Third Flatiron Publishing Published: 2013 Review Posted: 8/5/2014 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 10 out of 10
Redshifted: Martian Stories, edited by Juliana Rew
Book Review by Jeremy D. Carr
Have you read this book?
Ray Bradbury would be proud. Redshifted: Martian Stories, a new anthology of science fiction shorts about Mars from new and upcoming authors, reads almost as a tribute to Mr. Bradbury's Martian Chronicles and harkens back to the early days of science fiction. In the days before satellite imagery and interplanetary probes, Mars was a symbol of many cultural hopes and fears, a mystery of mysteries with endless possibilities. This was the focus of Martian Chronicles, which did much to bring science fiction writing into the mainstream, and now Redshifted will bring the avid sci-fi reader back to those early days, when Mars was alive and mysterious, unblemished by the yes and probes of men.
Edited by Juliana Rew, this collection of martian stories is among the best I have experienced. With a wide range of subjects and styles, there is a still a cohesion between these stories, a consistency of new vision showing that man is still capable of the old dreams inspired by our red sister-planet, even though we have now seen her up-close.
Keep dreaming sci-fi readers, and give this book a read. It won't take long, because once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. Here is a quick look at the stories you will find in Redshifted: Martian Stories:
"Eurydice in Capricorn" by Neil James Hudson -- when the crew of the Orpheus look back across the threshold they are left to suffer their world alone.
"Make Carrots, Not War" by Maureen Bowden -- with great power comes great responsibility, and not all gods like their job.
"Colorblind on the Red Planet" by Vince Liberato -- a handicap can be a blessing, and sometimes a blessing can become a curse.
"The Journal of Miss Emily Carlton" by Lela E. Buis -- sometimes a person is willing to give up everything for something others take for granted.
"The Canary and the Roach" by Ian Rose -- the smallest among us can at times be the biggest heroes.
"For Sale: One Red Planet" by Jeff Hewitt -- in the real estate game it is always hard to find the right buyer for a unique property, and in the galactic domination game it is always hard to avoid exterminations.
"Cadaver" by Robina Williams -- curiosity killed the cat... and an entire undiscovered alien race.
"No Ravens on Mars" by Martin Clark -- you can take away a man's identity and memories, but you cannot change his nature.
"The FALCON" by Jamie M. Engle -- what happens when a man grows too close to a machine?
"First Step" by Jason Lairamore -- no matter how far you get, there is always farther to go.
"Mars Mail" by Michael McGlade -- the more technology changes the more we stay the same.
"And a Pebble in Her Shoe" by Kara Race-Moore -- all cultures have their traditions, such things begin with those courageous enough to leave an impression.
"The Read Planet" by Chuck Rothman -- dreams are only dreams until we make them real.
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