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Publisher's Summary

The universe is dangerous, wondrous - a vast canvas upon which humanity sketches its hopes for the future.  

In this anthology, you'll find 17 tales of conflict and heroism, exploration and discovery, endurance and triumph. Flee the apocalypse of modern-day Earth, fly a fighter in the cold emptiness of deep space, and find new life on the distant shores of an alien world. You might even discover something about yourself as each author opens a window on the soul of mankind. 

Who are we, really? Should we survive? How do we become something greater without losing what makes us human?  

Start listening to this collection and take your first steps into tomorrow. Travel the cosmos to find amazing adventure. Walk beside unforgettable characters on the bridge across the stars....

Authors include Rhett C. Bruno, Felix R. Savage, Daniel Arenson, David VanDyke, Will McIntosh, Craig Martelle, Patty Jansen, Lindsay Buroker, Jason Anspach, Ann Christy, Chris Dietzel, Josi Russell, Chris Pourteau, Steve Beaulieu, Lucas Bale, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, David Bruns, and Kevin J. Anderson.  

©2017 Sci-Fi Bridge (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Kingsley
  • 30-07-2018

A great and varied collection of sci-fi

This collection of stories shows of how varied and interesting science fiction can be. The stories range of straight up action stories set in a spaceship, to philosophical stories about what is or is not sentient life, and everything in between. Some are light and fun, some a deep and thought provoking. most, if not all, are straight stories, without the twist in the tale you often get in short stories. All are interesting and worth the time it takes to go through them. Unlike many collections of short stories I didn't feel there was a clunker between them.

My favourite would be “Interview for the End of the World”, which tells of a genius billionaire as he interviews people to be part of the small list of people getting onto the only spaceship leaving Earth before a life ending meteor hits. While not particularly surprising how it ends, it is engaging and uplifting in the telling.

Narration is split between Nicole Poole and Greg Tremblay, depending on if the main character of the story is female or male (respectively). Both do great work here. Well paced, easy to follow, they both engage the text well. Neither do large character voices, but they vary enough between characters that you never lose track of who is speaking.

My only issue with the collection is that one or two of the stories have internal chapters that then become separate chapters in the audio. This makes tracking which book is which chapter (example saying book 5 is chapter 6 of the audio, while book 6 is chapter 7 through 21). It would have been neater if each story was a single chapter/break in the audio and thus easily traceable.

The stories included are:

– Forward by Kevin J. Anderson
– David VanDyke – “As the Sparks Fly Upward”
– Ann Christy – “Peace Force”
– Felix R Savage – “Guardians of Earth”
– Lindsay Buroker – “Here Be Dragons”
– Chris Dietzel – “The Gordian Asteroid”
– Craig Martelle – “The Trenches of Centauri Prime”
– Josi Russell – “Broken One”
– Chris Pourteau – “The Erkennen Job”
– Daniel Arenson – “The Firebug and the Pharaoh”
– Rhett C. Bruno – “Interview for the End of the World”
– Steve Beaulieu – “Night Shift”
– Lucas Bale – “A Friend to Man”
– Jason Anspach – “…Space Pirates”
– Will McIntosh – “Drive”
– Maya K. Bohnhoff – “Water Babies”
– David Bruns – “Take Only Memories”
– Patty Jansen – “This Deceitful State of Truth”

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  • Willis Burns
  • 24-07-2018

Brilliant!

What an awesome ride! Android children and crazy queens, this anthology has something for everyone and is well worth the credit. Not to mention the dazzling performers!!!

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  • Jason S Lewis
  • 29-08-2018

This was at excellent audio book

This was that excellent audio book I enjoyed the vast majority of the stories. And the near readers were pretty good. The male narrator I think was much better at doing the durations and the drama than the female narrator. Unfortunately the female narrator could not act out any male character voices. However she was not a terrible narrator I did enjoy most of what she narrated. I just found the male narrator was a had a more broad spectrum of voice acting to draw from to be able to do both male and female characters. However I would have to say I would definitely recommend this book to anybody that like scifi because all the stories are good I wish some of them would just continue cause I was like man I can't believe that ended this Q go into a series

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  • DA
  • 19-09-2018

A potpourri of amuse-bouche sci-fi stories

This anthology was enjoyable. I do prefer longer novel-spanning stories, but thats just me. If you want a lot of good little stories this is a great collection.

I would love to see longer versions in each of these stories.

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  • Kevin Hurd
  • 25-08-2018

delightful!

Thank you so much for providing a wealth of interesting new stories. Each story was a delightful listen but the compilation's breadth took me back to a mind opening youth.

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  • Sonny
  • 20-08-2018

first time listener

definitley worth the listen, this is my first audio book, i do a lot of miles monday morning and friday afternoon and listening made driving 3 hours much more bearable. i enjoyed the fact that i had multiple stories and a lack of boredom.

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  • C. Paluszewski
  • 15-08-2018

Excellent anthology

Really loved each and every story in the collection. We'll done voice work as well.

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  • Mike Ferrera
  • 02-08-2018

The perfect medium for audiobook format Sci-Fi

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this while sitting in my daily commute. Great content and highly digestible!

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  • Daniel O.
  • 16-08-2018

Great collection, superb performances, but...

I just kept wanting more after each brief tale. On the one hand these were excellent tales but in the end I did not enjoy having them end so quickly!

If you're looking for a sampler's delight, then this is the audio book for you! Based on my listen, I will definitely be looking at a number of these author's that I had not heard of, read, or listened to before.

From a narration standpoint, both were superb! I greatly enjoyed Greg Tremblay's past work (Scythe) and his narration here was just as great. Nicole Poole's narration was also very satisfying. Both narrators delivered pleasant and engaging narrations with plenty of character variation and nothing that I felt I could complain about!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • susan swafford
  • 03-11-2018

great compilation of a variety of stories

several different types of stories everything from thought-provoking to humorous definitely worth the credit and the narration was excellent

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  • Mr. Rg Smith
  • 02-09-2018

Literally wonderful

I hadn't heard of any of the authors before listening to this anthology but I'm glad I was introduced to them. Naturally with a large selection like this, I didn't enjoy some stories as much as others but I was entranced with several and wish I could hear more about the characters and the universes that they inhabit.

The only downside for me was the voice of the female narrator. I genuinely wondered if it was a synthetic computer voice often and I found it to be too emotion-less and robotic. Some people may find that it works brilliantly for this genre but it prevented me from becoming immersed into a couple of the stories, despite trying several times and being interested in the story itself.

Overall it was thoroughly enjoyable and is great value, particularly considering that you will probably discover a new favourite sci-fi author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-08-2018

Not as expected

Great short stories, but not really up my street. I expected just one complete story. But still a good read!

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  • Michael Breen
  • 04-08-2018

Entertaining and excellent

One of the few books I have bothered to review - a lot of great stories worth a listen on Audible