Reviews by marcl65

The Very Black

by Dean Evans

Disappointing tale of a test pilot who meets a smoke-thing that tells him of his impending doom. The story itself falls far short of the blurb in the teaser which talks about the "human condition" et al.

Reviewed on 2010.10.05

Derelict

by Albert Berg

Surprisingly creepy space story. I was a little disappointed with a lack of a "reveal" at the end and a few spelling errors ("loosing" instead of "losing" and "funy" instead of "funny"). Still, it was okay as one of those stories that asks its readers not to question too much, to just go along with the ride.

Reviewed on 2010.10.05

The Variable Man

by Philip K. Dick

I'm used to these short stories being light on character development and med-heavy on fluff but this was one of those stories that caught me off guard. In short: dystopian future circa mid-2100s, Earth is trapped in its own galaxy by an ancient race, humans are perpetually geared for war with this race with the only restraint coming from a computer which calculates the odds of winning which is always against them...until a 20th century man is pulled from the past.

There are problems galore with this story - the whole time travel thing was a stretch, there were plenty of eyebrow raising moments (e.g. how much damage can a human take and still survive?) none of the main characters (other than maybe the villan) were well-developed and even then, few of them were very likeable. Still, it was an engaging story and one I'd recommend.

Reviewed on 2010.08.24

The Book

by Michael Shaara

An enjoyable tale about a trio of space explorers: Wyatt, a weary galaxy mapper, Beauclaire, his green replacement, and Cooper, a beligerant third hand. The three explore a planet located in a dust cloud such that it is blocked from seeing the stars. On the planet, the discover a human population that evolved similarly to ours (yes, you have to go with it). They are like us in every aspect except...they are utterly lacking in one human trait: curiousity. The character development is a little uneven and the ending a little abrupt but it's worth a read.

Reviewed on 2010.08.23

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