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  • 12/2020
  • 978-0998498447 0998498440
  • 330 pages
  • $15.95
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  • 12/2020
  • B08QDJ3HWK
  • 330 pages
  • $13.97
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  • 12/2020
  • 978-0-9984984-3-0 B08LMH7Z8C
  • 299 pages
  • $7.99
Spectrum: Short Stories of Science Fiction, the Unusual and the Unpredictable
Michael Duda, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Markey VI, an android on an orbiting space station, assists an artificial intelligence. David, the A.I., ponders the question of humanity’s fate. The ultimate question is, “Should life be returned to Earth?” The answer is known as the Singular Conclusion. But the answer’s impact reaches far deeper into Markey VI’s electronic components and programmed logic than could be anticipated. And the android’s final moments bring it closer to humanity itself.
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D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Readers who like sci-fi which adds elements of horror and speculative fiction will relish Spectrum: Short Stories of Science Fiction, the Unusual and the Unpredictable for its ability to contrast stories that traverse the boundaries of predictability.
 
Michael Duda's short stories hold many attributes--the most notable being their diversity. His characters are strong, their dilemmas are varied, and the stories thus excel in creating scenarios readers won't see coming.
 
Take the opener, 'Edge of Twilight', for example. Dr. Kelvin Gardwin faces the alien Harvesters who gobble up planets in days. This threat is rapidly heading towards Earth, leading scientists to contemplate deploying an untested virus to stop it...a move he deems too risky.
 
Despite his skepticism, Dr. Gardwin is deployed to the front lines in an effort to enact this dubious defense.
 
Meanwhile, the No-Un alien monstrosity that is biologically linked together is denying its instructions to remain silent and restrained as its memory of a blue/green planet interferes with its careful programming.
 
A powerful, unique story of changing alien and human perspectives evolves.
 
Another example of surprising intersections between different viewpoints and life reality lies in the short piece 'Good-bye, Sweet Mercury', about a Christmas spirit who haunts a Chicago bungalow and his former family. He could stay with them year-round, but nobody would ever know he was there. He could also embrace a true life on the other side, as his spirit guide Mabel desires--but that would mean giving up the one thing that remains important.
 
A haunting association between life and death's meeting point, and a final decision Tim faces, creates a different kind of Christmas spirit story.
 
Duda's ability to weave sci-fi elements into stories of eerie circumstances with strange, haunting beginnings and endings creates a diverse collection of tales recommended not just for sci-fi short story readers, but for fans of eerie and haunting works that defy pat categorization.
 
Genre readers who choose this collection for its promise of sci-fi elements will find that much more is going on in many of the tales than science fiction alone, and will appreciate its forays into the world of horror and its literary reflections of the meaning of life on Earth and beyond.
 
Spectrum will prove an especially satisfying read for literature enthusiasts who look for diversity and unpredictability in their short stories.

 

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-0998498447 0998498440
  • 330 pages
  • $15.95
Audio Details
  • 12/2020
  • B08QDJ3HWK
  • 330 pages
  • $13.97
Ebook Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-0-9984984-3-0 B08LMH7Z8C
  • 299 pages
  • $7.99

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