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The 2017 ImmerseOrDie Anthology. Each year we hand-pick 50 of today’s top indie authors and ask them to submit a story. Then we ask a team of ruthless judges to scour that ore and pick out the gems. The result is All These Shiny Worlds II:

a world of today where cosplay and stagecraft are bright lights hiding dark shadows
a world of tomorrow, where kitchen appliances fend for themselves and take solace in each other’s arms, refugees from indifferent owners
a world of little cogs in big machines, where the humble trash collector is the unsung hero of getting evil done
a world of small magics and big hearts, where a little chaos can go a long, long way

From the brutal curators at ImmerseOrDie.com comes another collection of indie short stories, each a distinct jewel forged in the fires of judgment, and all continuing to carry our one simple promise:

Guaranteed not to suck.

Free on 21st Sep 18
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"For speculative fiction readers, this comes with a stamp of must-read."

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This is a collection of absolutely top-notch speculative fiction stories.

Given the quality of the stories, stating that the editing and formatting are excellent seems almost a formality, so I shall get it out of the way: they are. As with many anthologies, each story has a short bio of the story's author after it for readers to look up more of their work.

While the stories themselves range across genres from horror, fantasy and SF, ambiguity and nuance is the order of the day, with endings that both pull the pieces together and leave the reader room for thought. Some of the gems here include a bittersweet story about a teen girl dyeing her hair to look like her idol, robots planning to escape and scam an A.I., and a top secret military program. These are character-driven, but with a real sense of the wider worlds around them.
This collection has something for almost all readers, and I only say almost because children may miss some of the nuance that make them so good. For speculative fiction readers, this comes with a stamp of must-read. For anyone else who likes their writing top-class and storytelling masterly, pick it up.

Rating: 5



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