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For the most part, I found the stories imaginative and entertaining. One or two were rather depressing, I felt, but it is depressing, after all -- the thought of millions of people, an entire race pulling up roots, leaving everything they know behind and facing a future so completely unknown. When a person or a family moves to a new home, they are at least facing some known quantities that will remain; it will be the same planet, they will be among other humans, and usually they will share a language, have common emotions with their new neighbors.
Many of the tales in this anthology involved an exodus through space, which means they didn't even have the most basic thing -- a planet to live on -- that remained the same. This is not only depressing, but will no doubt be terrifying for those who eventually face that change. But this is a type of story I like; something of survivor and exploration mixed. And the stories in this anthology that dealt with that explored that combination wonderfully.
As a whole, the stories explored the theme pretty thoroughly. These authors did not just go through a dry recitation of the events that happened, they also considered the people involved, their personalities, culture and emotions. Now that I have read the stories, and considered all those various possibilities, it is not at all surprising that this particular theme produced such a rainbow of stories as those in this book.
This is a maiden anthology produced by Eposic Diversions. They are working on their next anthology, and I am eagerly awaiting it. I am also hopeful that at least some of the authors from this anthology will also be present in the next.
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