A Kepler's Dozen: Thirteen Stories About Distant Worlds That Really Exist Paperback – 30 Apr 2013
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The collection starts and ends strong with tales of moral dilemma. In Mike Brotherton's "Middle Ground," the dilemma is whether indigenous species take precedence over human arrivals, while in Melinda Moore's story "Kokyangwuti" the dilemma hinges on what we bring with us (societally and physically) when we go to the stars. Both stories give the reader much to think about beyond a "simple" exciting space tale.
In between these two, the stories vary in length and seriousness. While none of the tales are outright comedy, editor Steve B. Howell's "A Mango and Two Peanuts" strikes the most comedic chord as team dynamics threaten to scuttle a chance for interplanetary communication. Team dynamics also play an important part in Anna Paradox's "Tracking the Glints," while political intrigue is the focus of J Alan Erwine's "An Eternity in Limbo." Editor Summers adds to the adventures of the good pirate ship Legacy in "Hot Pursuit" while Carol Hightshoe furthers her Rebels vs. Confederation universe with "Omega Shadows." Emotional heartbreak is also at the center of Gene Mederos' "The Gloom of Tartarus." And the YA market is well-served with Laura Givens' "Turtle Soup" and Doug Williams' "Daniel and the Tilmarians."
Slightly more detailed but spoiler-free commentary on each of the stories can be found here: [...]
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