Daughter of the High Lords and other Speculative Fiction


...Several short stories that start strong but blur between each other leaving it indistinct. ...

Daughter of the High Lords and other Speculative Fiction is an anthology of science fiction stories ranging from only a couple of pages to being a Novellette in length.

All of the stories are set in either the near of far future and there is a certain amount of continuity between the various stories, as a variety of characters pop up now and again in a series of self referential stories. Alongside these, there are several one-shot pieces covering a variety of topics from euthanasia to the replacement of people by robots. The full gamut of sci-fi possibilities are used here, from aliens to advance technology, covering universes, multiverses, alternate realities the basis for each of the stories are firmly set in the genre. Also included are variations on the Asgard Pantheon and other near-omnipotent entities which make their entrances now and again.

The stories are well written and follow a very descriptive pattern and taken individually are definitely worth reading. The problem is that after a while, the same storytelling method begins to become indistinct and the stories begin to blur into each other as the same characters and races do start to overlap in different ways. Only a few of the tales are distinct enough to actually standout from the rest of them.

I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for stories set in a sci-fi setting and can appreciate the various themes that are used, and is looking for something different to read and is looking for a few new stories and ideas to stretch their thinking.

Rating: 3
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