Author: A Queer Sci-Fi Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Characters: Various GLBTQ
POV: 1st & 3rd
Sub-Genre: Anthology, SF, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal
1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.
Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.
Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.
Welcome to Renewal.
I usually try to comment on each story in an anthology but because of the number of stories in this one, I’m going to focus on my overall impression instead. I love reading anthologies as I find them a good introduction to new authors, and a way in which to catch up with those who are already favourites.
It’s not easy to write a story in 300 words, and I was impressed by the way in which these authors managed to world build and give an in depth sense of characters in these flash fiction stories. Although they stand alone, I also got a sense of something bigger than what was present in the 300 words I read.
This anthology contains a mix of very different stories, yet all with the common theme of Re.new.al. I loved how the authors’ imaginations ran in different directions with stories about gamers, androids, eternal life with a twist, and so much more in between. I found that some stories engaged me more than others, although there were several that made me think ‘wow’ and stayed with me long after I’d read them. There are also quite a few stories with interesting twists. All of the stories have interesting premises, and they cover a range of SF and fantasy genres so I think every reader will find their own favourites amongst them.
I’d recommend Re.new.al to readers who enjoy Sci Fi and Fantasy inspired flash fiction with in depth world building and interesting characters.
Reviewed By: Anne
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