I got this book (Kindle edition) the day it was released. It’s the first of these anthologies I have bought, and I got it primarily because of the short story by Hans G Schantz, The Hidden Conquest. This great story on its own makes the anthology worth it, as it gives a completely plausible yet unexpected explanation for the origin of the central “baddie” of his “The Hidden Truth” series, while still leaving unanswered questions for his next book to work with.
Having now read all the other stories, I can say there are many gems here that should enable readers interested in different sci-fi sub-genres to find something they like. I can honestly say I enjoyed all of them to some level, but of course I had some that worked more for me than others. Highlights for me (and this is not exhaustive, so apologies to the other authors) include, in addition to The Hidden Conquest: Extinction Point by Richard Paolinelli, which had tension and an very interesting premise; Reality Run by Alfred Genneson, which looks at how some “post-humans” (if you understand the idea of the Singularity) realise a physical life can be better than a digital one; Unacceptable Losses by John M. Olson, which looks at how vested interests can prolong conflict; The Dawn of Reason by Dan Gallagher, which describes the Garden of Eden story from a completely new perspective; and Xolotl Resurrected by J. D. Beckwith, looking at how world-changing technology can be protected from vested and political interests. I also enjoyed the final story, We’ll Always Have Earth by Bokerah Brumley, with some great use of archetypal challenges and moral quandaries when choosing between your own desires and sacrificing them for the sake of others.
All in all, I think this is a great collection that should be a good introduction to these authors for readers unacquainted with them already, and provide enjoyment for all readers. I will be taking a look at he other anthologies too!