Science Fiction

Odes to the Multiverse

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Loved it! 😍

Great for fans of urban fantasy or science fiction looking for some short stories to read.

Synopsis

Punk scifi, space opera, horror & urban fantasy vignettes and short stories featuring cosmic tales of distant worlds and strange futures where earthbound horrors unfold. This omnibus invites you to marvel at the macabre and maleficent; to embrace the weird and wonderful.

This collection has one of the most varied selection of stories I've read in a while. There are stories for urban fantasy fans, stories for horror fans, science fiction tales to entertain and much more.


One of Odes to the Multiverse's biggest strengths, and what impressed me the most, was the author's ability to create such unique and distinct stories. Even stories with similar central ideas feel unique from each other. While some stories in this collection do connect, each is more than capable of telling an interesting and captivating tale on its own. The stories themselves aren't the only things that are unique. Moore creates such a vivid world for each story, in very few pages each time, that stick with you as you move from one tale to another. The amount of detail and tone she was able to imbue in each story, in so little time, is truly impressive.


As mentioned earlier, these short stories span a number of genres. I was pleasantly surprised by how well-crafted each story was, as not many authors can "pull off" writing in different genres. I won't go into every story that I enjoyed, because then I'd end up listing most of the stories in this book, but my favorite was "Devious Machines" mostly because the conclusion both surprised me and left me wanting more.


While I enjoyed the collection overall, there were a few stories that I couldn't really enjoy, simply because they were too short, usually being a page or two. As soon as I was starting to get into the story, it would be over. This length was perfect for some of the tales, but others would've benefited from being a little longer. Some stories were perfect at one or two pages, but others felt a bit incomplete at that length.


I'd recommend this book to science fiction and urban fantasy readers, who enjoy horror elements as well.

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Synopsis

Punk scifi, space opera, horror & urban fantasy vignettes and short stories featuring cosmic tales of distant worlds and strange futures where earthbound horrors unfold. This omnibus invites you to marvel at the macabre and maleficent; to embrace the weird and wonderful.

Mermaid

Say the only dream you ever had was blue, a cool brilliance that engulfs everything in the universe. 

All you know of your place in the monochromatic everything is webbed feet, jewel fingers and a certain unnameable longing. You reach upward and out, straining to grasp the hazy glow of a distant light in your palms. You begin to swim faster and farther from the deep and dark. It’s warm near the surface but you don’t know what warmth is. There had never been anyone to teach you that word.  

It’s a different kind of feeling. It tickles your skin. It makes your blood blaze and your heart leap. 

You soar, soar, and soar toward the brilliance above and beyond until one night, the ghostly light looms directly overhead. You’re amazed because before, you had only your heart to see with but now you have eyes, ears and everything everywhere is amplified.  

Suddenly, you’re no longer floating in that vast and lonely silence. The world you know has been set on its ear. It tilts over like a clumsy crab, unsettling you. You breathe in the air, but you don’t know what air is. It whips around you and it roars. 

It makes your bones sing, sing, sing. 

The light you were chasing is still way up above and out of reach. The darkness overhead is blanketed by jittery dots of light. You remember, with stark clarity that you’ve seen it all before; that you once stood on two feet on this shore and lamented over the alien yet strangely familiar jewels that you could neither grasp with your own two hands, nor wish upon fast enough when they fell from the heavens like tears.  

You remember being human, what the poet said about death and the narwhal’s horn. You look to the stars. You look to the sea. You remember why you once cast the earth and the heavens away. 

Is this the first time it occurs to you, that the glitter-spotted darkness you’d left behind in the wet was the same as the seething mass in that place where you cannot fly? Your body bends. You sink back down into the sea.  

Burying your heart and your longing once again, you dive all the way back down into the dark, into the deep. 

About the author

Tonya R. Moore writes speculative fiction. Born and raised in Jamaica, her goal is to help bring a fresh, new West Indian perspective to the science fiction, urban fantasy, and horror universes. She has been known to dabble in novel-writing and pen the occasional poem. view profile

Published on April 23, 2020

40000 words

Genre: Science Fiction

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