by Derryl Murphy
November 1, 2013
Derryl Murphy’s first collection is back.
There are eleven stories in this collection, ten of them gathered together for the first time and one making its debut in these pages. All of them examine our experience with the worlds around us, anticipating dread and disaster with every turn, even while hope is sometimes allowed to win out. Come witness: the destruction of the Earth; an alien tourist and the death of a species; Earth at the end of time, coming back from a very long trip; a man and his father, lost in time; sailing on seas of garbage; an insect rebellion; a virtual future that creates an unrealistic past; water, politics, and a big machine; monkey-wrenching taken to a new level; lessons in photography; and rebellion on a distant world. Eleven stories that take you into the future even as you wrestle with the present.
A great book of short stories, chosen as for the UNBC Reads campaign at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2007.
Murphy constructs the world of each story so well, with little extraneous language as possible so the reader can create a vivid image of their own. Truly a pleasure to read for any science fiction fan and possibly for any environmentalist too.
Very thought-provoking and entertaining stories.