Genre: Science-Fiction, Cyberpunk, Short Story Collection
“Twerker, COVID-991, advert jinn--we all went a little crazy after 2020 ... did we not? 13 ultra-short science fiction and cyberpunk stories inspired by the events of 2020.”
Besides this short story collection Samson Tonauac is also the author of a cyberpunk novel, Dreamsphere: The Day We Stopped Dreaming.
When I decided to give this short collection a read, I was looking for a change of pace. Something that wasn’t one of the genres I gravitate to most often. Something different. This definitely fit that. The future world where these stories take place is different in many ways from today’s, but as the description indicates, they’re also inspired by the events of 2020. The people in the stories may live in a vastly different world, but they’re still human, and still react in many of the same ways. The things that are good about humans and the things that irritate the heck out of us are still there. The stories may make you laugh, they may make you think. Both applied to me at times, but most importantly I was entertained and got that change of pace I was hoping for.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 18-19,000 words