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The Weight of Dusk (And Other Stories)


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A weighty science-fiction collection from an up-and-coming writer that is interesting but does not quite reach lift-off everytime.

In his weighty science-fiction anthology The Weight of Dusk (And Other Stories), high-schooler Cooper Jacobus uses modern scientific concepts and ideas as the backbone of nearly each of the eighteen collected pieces. Rather than place the science in the background of the fiction and drama of human relations like with most popular science-fiction stories, Jacobus places the importance in the reverse. In doing so, it therefore limits characterization but returns the genre to what makes it unique.

Of the many pieces, some are short, diary-like entries expanding on stream-of-consciousness topics usually about cosmic spacetime and humanity’s place in its finite confines. It hovers back and forth between cosmic nihilism and spirituality, which can seem jarring but mostly works. Although these shorter pieces are interesting, they tend to be forgettable because of their reliance on a single thought-concept without memorable plots or characters to guide them into the reader’s hippocampus. The majority of the pieces are middle- to almost full-length stories that seem to end too short or hasten through the middle act. Each of them functions as individual science-fiction cautionary tales, like with the consequences posed by uploading one’s own consciousness into a never-ending virtual reality world. Of these, my favorites are “The Weight of Dusk,” “Hypoxia,” and “The Mortality Cure.”

The aspects that worked best for me were the longer stories because of their ability in creating interesting stories that I caught myself thinking about days after reading them. What worked least for me were the shorter pieces and the overall naivety that does not quite take the pieces into more than just interesting.

Nonetheless, I look forward to reading Jacobus in the future as his writing matures. I would recommend this collection to any fan of science-fiction short story anthologies or to readers interested in up-and-coming authors with a unique, technology-defining upbringing who can better predict the coming dangers.

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Thoughts From Beyond the Window

About the author

Cooper is a 17-year old High School Senior from Oakland, California. He thinks he wants to major in Astrophysics in college next year, but he still doesn't know where that will be. For as much as he thinks about the future, he knows very little about his own. view profile

Published on October 25, 2020

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Science Fiction

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