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This review is from: The Turing Test (Kindle Edition)
The Turing Test contains 14 short stories which whilst definitely Science Fiction have much to say about our current world and where it is headed. The 14 stories are sometimes linked, with similar characters or worlds. They include a world where the solution to environmental disaster is a alternate reality closely aligned to the Matrix, a world where copies of people can be made, a universe where people can 'shift' between alternate realities and many more. Some have twists in the tale, other just leave you thinking.
Always well written these stories make you long for Beckett to explore these worlds further and in novel format. They are a tantalising glimpse of worlds which he seems to have developed quite a long way. The characters are always interesting and the stories always involving. The Kindle version is slightly flawed in that you can't navigate between chapter, you have to read page by page. That's a minor flaw when every story is so rich and rewarding. Not since Michael Marshall Smith's rather excellent collection What You Make It has a British Science Fiction writer deliver short stories so well. Its well deserving of the awards its getting and is a very good read indeed.