Following the somewhat disturbing news that Paramount want the next installment of Star Trek, number three to be exact, to be more like Guardians of the Galaxy the latest development has Fast & Furious helmsman Justin Lin now sitting in the driver’s seat. There appears to be a story that J.J. Abrams replacement Roberto Orci walked after rumors that the studios got over excited at the relationship of Groot “I am Groot” and Rocket in the Marvel space picture. Apparently they looked at Scotty’s little hairy sidekick, Keenser and want to feature the “cutesy” little alien a lot more, “I am Keenser!”
The 2014 Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas ended on Sunday, day four and the party is now over. The celebration of all things Gene Roddenberry went smoothly, for the most part, although one past star Duncan Regehr – who played Shakaar in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – had issues with the post office, or something else losing his photographs. However, in terms of everything being where it should be and having the ever-present volunteers there directing the public to the various rooms for autographs, personal “meet-and-greet” areas, photo ops, et al, the show went on rather well.
This science fiction anthology has tales from 17 different authors and despite the stories all being unique and interesting; not to mention very entertaining, they have one thing in common.
They indicate a future that makes 1984 and “big brother” seem almost benevolent by comparison. Each offer a vision of an Apollonian society gone wrong, tweaked and perfected until it has gone into a Dionysian free fall.
Smilers by Carolyn M Chang reflects a society that practises positive thinking to the ultimate level.
Cracks in the Concrete by Frank Roger tells of a government that has become paranoid and expects its denizens to be the same.
First Head by H S Donnelly is a nightmarish look at self-preservation gone horribly wrong.
These are just three examples of the brilliant stories in this collection.
If you are a fan of science fiction you’ll love this book. Each author has given his or her take on the future and all the various problems and societal ills that it might contain. Each story takes existing topical problems and forecasts their conclusions in the future.
I have always been a fan of Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, Ray Bradbury and Issac Asimov, just to name my absolute favourites. Perfect Flaw exhibits a great spectrum of authors who now fall into my list of “new and to be read” authors, whose existence was unknown to me before reading this book.
I have to give a “special mention” to author Michael O’Conner for his story The Choosing. This story took me by surprise by having an O Henry type twist in this tale that left me shaking my head. Although it is hard to pick a favourite out of this anthology, his was the one that stayed in my head long after I read it.
Perfect Flaw has been released by Seventh Star Publishing and is available on Amazon as well as other booksellers.
This is a real 5 out of 5 star book that entertained the hell out of me!
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