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Explorations: Through the Wormhole by [Kern, Ralph, Fox, Richard, Moss, Stephen, Corcoran, PP, Guillory, Chris, Cooper, Jacob, Zebedee, Jo, Strebor, PJ, Pulsipher, Charlie, Palmer, Stephen, Oilver, Rosie , Horst, Shellie, White, Thaddeus, Hayes, Josh ]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2014 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Woodbridge Press (31 Aug. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LC0JZD4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Short story collections are almost always a bit hit-and-miss and this collection of 14 stories about wormholes is no exception, but manages more hits than misses.

Occasionally referencing each other but never feeling like a shared universe, the collection contains a fair few hits, several mediocre offerings and only one that is downright rubbish (I won’t shame the author, but suffice to say the world-building and characters are poor and the prose is about average for a schoolkid).

Part of the joy of story collections is finding the gems nestled amongst the rock, and there are a handful in here including one that shines bright. I will get to those later, to leave the review on a high.

The mediocre stories take up around 40% of the collection, and while they are still perfectly readable, they are unmemorable and could have done with a decent edit. Some are workmanlike, others end so abruptly you suspect they’re actually the start of a novel, more have the imagination but the prose and dialogue feel clunky and they suffer from cases of jarring info-dumps. One almost stand-out tale starts off promisingly as beautifully-worded hard SF but falls halfway through when it becomes trite fantasy.

Onto the better stories, not perfect but worth your time. Thaddeus White’s space pirate tale is a bit clichéd but written with enough verve and gusto to come across as a fun romp. Rosie Oliver’s time-travel saga is likewise a fun bit of fluff with wit, pace and clearly-defined characters. Despite a few bits of clunky writing, Richard Fox’s military sci-fi is exciting, action-packed and well thought-out. And Jacob Cooper’s disaster story is strong and set in an intriguing universe, though the dialogue is often too jokey to ring true.
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Five INTREPID Stars. "Explorations: Through the Wormhole" consists of 14 short stories by different "indie" science fiction authors, compiled by Woodbridge Press for their "Explorations" series. There is also an interesting author 'question and commetary' section following each story These are very compelling and very different stories, with some slight overlap, taking the reader through unique 'wormholes' that chop time and space off of trips that could normally take millennia, often taking the star ships into unknown galaxies with nothing but their resourcefulness to survive. They are also about the intrepid individuals on their crews, their unique space craft, and their many ulterior motives for going into these dangerous, unpredictable, but possibly lucrative phenomena.

Beginning with "The Challenge" by Ralph Kern where the spaceship "Olympus" is diverted from its Mars mission to investigate a wormhole that suddenly appears near the moon, this particular wormhole is mentioned again and again during these stories, used as a jumping off point for other unique individual stories. But there are other wormholes, with names like "Khonsu", "Sagan Gateway", "Echo Two", "Echo 417", and "Victor-97" which are transited by bold crews aboard space ships like the "Ryukyu", "Lagos", "Frannie", and "Pioneer" in search of unknown vistas.
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I was given an advance review copy of this.
I loved it. Simple as that. Short shots of imaginative sci-fi with an overarching idea and background. Wood bridge Press are really pulling out all the stops with their anthologies, with another in the works! If you like science fiction, you will love this.
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