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World's Collider: A Shared-World Anthology [Kindle Edition]

Steven Savile , Simon Kurt Unsworth , Trent Zelazny , James Moran , Aaron Rosenberg , Jonathan Green , Kelly Hale , Richard Wright , Jonathan Templar , Richard Salter
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Book Description

The Collision is the worst disaster in human history. So far…

In the near future, an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider causes an enormous explosion, known as the Collision. The blast flattens a huge chunk of central Europe and punches a massive hole in the Earth’s surface. Over the next decade, unspeakable horrors pour from the rift: vicious creatures with a taste for human flesh, a terrible scream that drives all who hear it insane, a phantom entity that feeds on fear and paranoia, and a nightmare train from the pits of hell, to name but a few. This onslaught of terror causes the collapse of civilization and threatens to wipe humanity from the planet.

World’s Collider is a unique concept in short fiction, where all eighteen original stories are part of a common narrative, recounting the disaster and its aftermath. A true novel by many voices, including Steven Savile, James Moran, Aaron Rosenberg, Trent Zelazny, Jonathan Green, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kelly Hale, Richard Wright and a host of new talent.

Fifty million people died in the Collision. They were the lucky ones…

"Each component cranks up the tension and the disparate tales combine in mosaic-fashion to deliver a truly gripping narrative." - Ian Whates, author of The Noise Within

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 472 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938644026
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nightscape Press; 1st edition (8 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J9X2P4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly brilliant! 24 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was quite a surprise to me, I have to say. For a start, I am not a big fan of short stories, I like to really get stuck into a tale and short stories are a bit like having one bite of something really delicious and that's it, meal over. So I approached this book expecting it to be a sort of "cut and come again" type thing...read one story and set it aside until the next time I had ten minutes to spare.

Boy was I surprised! Through an amazing act of collaboration, these many and varied writers have combined their skills and created a cohesive whole out of all the parts. These "short stories" are not self contained writings but rather form chapters of a longer story, a story that had me clicking the page turn button well into the small hours. How all these people, living all over the world, have managed to write something that holds together as a gripping story that will have you wanting more and more, and yet maintained their own style as story tellers is beyond me. It's just absolutely brilliant.

Each writer picks up threads from the ones before and weaves them into his own story, each creating unique characters and horrors, but then allowing the next person to pick up the unfolding awfulness of what happens after the Large Hadron Collider is destroyed. It's seamless and yet you can hear each individual writer's voice as they tell their part.

If you like science fiction or horror, or both, then you will love this book. It's complex, clever and I want more, please!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Horrific, and Compellingly Beautiful 16 Aug. 2012
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I came to this from a recommendation of a friend of mine and I was a little cautious about buying it as I don't often find myself reading anthologies. I only finished it today and am glad I did purchase it. The basic premise in which a world shattering event plunges our civilisation into chaos reminded me very much of the Word War Zombie novel which in a loose sense is perhaps an anthology, albeit by a single author. As with all anthologies, the very number and scope of the stories can vary in quality and depth but here as I delved deeper and deeper into the novel I was drawn in to the horror and the sheer detail of what was happening.

There are over-arching stories which serve to unify the novel and these work around and through the stand alone stories very well. I would say that two things stood out in the anthology as whole: the 'event' itself and its consequences which gripped me from the outset and the little individual stories of people toiling against an unimaginable reality. 'World's Collider' brings an impressive array of authors together and the result is a series of stories which constantly surprise you in the range from Gothic horror to urban survivalist episodes to even fashion labels. It would be unfair of me to single out or rank the better stories as I think all work well together to immerse a reader into a single horrifying reality.

This novel builds up like a mosaic or a palimpsest and its sheer size and breadth really impressed me. If you are at all interested in horror or apocalyptic literature, then do yourself a favour and buy this. If nothing else it will introduce you to several authors to watch out for in the future!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for sf fans 14 Sept. 2012
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I am reading this at the moment - great stories by different authors but all linked. What a great idea. Can't put it down and will be sorry when finished. I recommend to all SF readers especially lovers of short stories. Hope another shared world anthology will be published soon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Horror Anthology of 2012 11 Feb. 2013
By Ursula K Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
"An anthology posing as a novel? Or possibly a novel posing as an anthology."

I highly recommend that you read the intro first; it explains the concept behind this anthology, which is nothing short of fantastic, and the editor, Richard Salter, did an amazing job of putting it all together. World's Collider was not only the best anthology that I read in 2012, but it's the most remarkable story collection that I've ever read to date.

The individual accounts within this anthology, written by multiple authors with diverse writing styles, with various POVs and locations, create a larger story about a dimensional rift that opens in the middle of Europe.

While it reminds me slightly of the presentation of World War Z, Salter takes it even further by constructing a novel with short stories written separately by numerous authors. The intro explains the painstaking process.

The stories themselves will both terrify and thrill horror fans, describing mankind's struggle to survive the onslaught of demonic entities spilling into our world from the rift.

If you enjoy novels such as Craig DiLouie's Infection series, or Read the End First (edited by Suzanne Robb), you will relish the nightmares within the pages of World's Collider!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Experiment 9 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
World's Collider is an interesting experiment in which eighteen short stories tell one continuous story. It's a largely successful experiment too. While the narrative is formed from a host of disparate voices, it creates an intricate whole and Salter's made sure that the main characters' personalities don't shift too much between the stories and that there aren't too many inconsistencies. The premise of the story - what if we discover what in essence are wormholes using the Hadron Collider in Geneva - is interesting and the vision of the slow apocalypse that follows is quite frightening, showing both the best and worst mankind has to offer.

The stories are told in different formats, via blog posts and comments, in journal format, as flashes of vision, in first person and third. This creates a dynamic feeling and also allows for the different writing styles to blend, so the narrative doesn't feel too choppy. The characters are quite interesting too; the different authors capture the different ways humans cope with disaster quite well. There are several main returning characters, that of Scott Fletcher, Natalie Murphy and Joseph Tern. If Scott and Natalie are on the side of the angels - not literally, though some would have you believe differently - then Joseph Tern is the devil incarnate. He's a full-blown psychopath, who kills people for pleasure and forms a conduit for something that is even less pleasant. Their development across the stories is not as completely as one might like, but it went further than I had expected. I would have liked to have seen more of how the years after the Collision had affected Scott and where Natalie came from before she became the hardened soldier we meet in The Coming Scream.
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