OTHER EARTH, OTHER STARS is now available for preorder! Wheeeeee!
Many thanks to those who responded to my call for reviews. The first has come back, from Andrea Gilbey in England. Andrea warned me that she doesn’t like science fiction. In fact, this post could have the click-bait title: She said she didn’t like science fiction. When I read her review, I was in tears.
Science fiction, as Marian Allen herself notes in her introduction to this short story collection, is not all about ray guns, so don’t expect baffling technical terms and hard-to-imagine settings.
Do expect humour, suspense, wit, pathos, affectionate parody, other-worldly creatures, and humanity. And yes, the last two do go together.
You can almost forget that this is a science fiction book; yes, the stories are set in other worlds or other versions of this world, with their own rules of physics and social structures, but they have a common theme, the trials and tribulations, as well as the joys, of being, whether your own particular being is human, alien, mermayd or squid.
From the steampunk styling of Three Men in a Blimp – To Say Nothing of The Automata, to the more traditional “little green men” (okay, big multi-coloured furry beings) of The Woman Who Wasn’t A Shave Tail, I loved this book, despite not being a science fiction fan, and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story, well written, that will make you laugh, cry and think.
Literally out of this world.
Andrea, thank you so much! Best. Review. Ever.
OTHER EARTH, OTHER STARS will be available in print, but it can only be preordered for Kindle. I don’t know why. Here’s the link to preorder your copy of OTHER EARTH, OTHER STARS. Makes a great gift, too!
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character tries something they know from experience they don’t like — and like it.