Saturday 3 October 2020

Overmorrow Stories of Our bright Future - Edited by Jon Garett and Richard Walsh

Stories of Our bright Future
Jon Garett (Editor)
Richard Walsh (Editor)
ISBN 9798687013796
eISBN 9781005472276

I love reading anthologies. In part because I love short stories. The skill and talent required to craft great short stories is very different than writing novels, and especially authoring series. But I have found that from each anthology I read I typically find an author or two who really impress me, and I often goon to read everything they have published. And I was intrigued by both the title of this anthology and by some of the contributors. I had recently read another anthology, Cracked An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories, that had contributions from three overlapping authors. So, I was very inclined to give this collection a try. The description of the volume is:

“News feed getting you down? Spending too much time hate-reading and doom-scrolling? Grab a collection of science fiction, cast your eyes starward, and put the current moment in perspective.' An Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!' - Abraham Lincoln "OVERMORROW: Stories of our Bright Future" is an anthology of science fiction short stories set in an optimistic future. From classic Golden Age style science fiction to wicked satire, from solarpunk to parody. Colony ships bound for distant solar systems, humans (and chickens) on Mars, Transhumanism and medical revolutions. This collection will transport you out of the present day to the bright future of the day-after-tomorrow.”

The contributors are:
Allen Baird 
Curtis Edmonds 
Mike Pauly 

The stories are:
The Sun is a Distant Star
Martian Chicken Man
Theseus’ Guy
Working On Cloud Nine
The Multicoloured Plain
Doall’s Brain
Courage to Care
Family Buffalo 
Freedom and Luck Always Go Together 
Being Tamika 

The only story in the collection I have read before was Martian Chicken Man by Bokerah Brumley, and I did read it again to see if there were any differences. None that I note on a single pass. Of note neither of the editors contributed pieces to this collection. Typically when I read an anthology there is a story or two that are more meh? That was not the case this time. This is a wonderful collection of 12 stories. 

One of my favorites is Karina Fabian’s Doall’s Brian, this story a parody of Star Trek The Original Series episode is sublime. The Courage to Care is the story that impressed me most. And my favorite was Being Tamika by Lyssa Chiavari. And I would love to know what happens next after the events of The Sun is a Distant Star by CW Hawes, what happens a years out 5, 10 …

What I loved about this collection is they are stories of hope, stories of new beginnings, and stories of change. The editors in the forward state:

“Overmorrow is an archaic word meaning ‘the day after tomorrow.’ The stories to come are positive visions of the brighter future that is waiting for us then.”

And what is waiting for you is wonderful collection of stories. If you give the collection a try, I am certain there are many you will enjoy and a few you will love.

Note: For reviews of other Anthologies click here.

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