Disclaimer: I am friends with the majority of the authors in this collection. I won my hardcopy in a raffle basket supporting an academic scholarship.

This science-fiction romance collection was an excellent summer read. The stories themselves were a mixed bag for me, with a few being stand-outs.

Favorite Stories

“The Pirates and the Pacifist” by Cara McKinnon is one of this author’s only forays into science-fiction, and now I want more of it! Her story combined (multiple) world-building, political intrigue, and very sexy romance into a fun story. The homage to Firefly is obvious without being too similar, and I would happily read the further adventures of the crew of the Varuna.

I also had a blast with “Breathless” by L.J. Longo. Her narrower focus under the surface of a colonized planet mixed military action with pure science-fiction delight of discovery. Her two heroes were an odd couple that I believed in immediately, and their adventure enthralled me from the very beginning.

Story I Want to See as a Novel

K.W. Taylor’s “Reprogramming” has so much potential to be expanded into a full-length novel. What I got in this collection was more than satisfying as a short story, but this simple story of a marooned traveler and her android leaves so much room for further development. As it stands, the story is a good length that feels complete, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting so much more to this tale.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Goodreads.

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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