SERIES: TERRAFORMED INTERPLANETARY, Vol. 1
With stories by: Kat Heckenbach, Travis Perry, Alison Rohan, Adam David Collings, Jill Domschot, Mark Venturini, Cindy Koepp, and Donna McFarland.
The Volume 1 of the Series: Terraformed Interplanetary.
A future terraformed Mars, whose society has collapsed back into a Medieval age.
Artifacts from the past, from the "Age of Magic," act like talismans from tales of epic fantasy and only a handful of people understand how the remaining ancient devices really work.
Lighter gravity in dense air makes flying dragons and bird riders a reality; alloys of the past make "magic" swords; and masters of ancient knowledge wield wizard-like power
--where bird riders, airships, and genetically-engineered komodo dragons take flight.
Where Christian Knights called "riders" patrol the Pilgrim Road from Olympus to New San Diego, on the Chryse Sea.
"First, I have to say this is not my normal genre. In fact, planetary movies are usually a last resort for me when there's nothing else to watch and I never pick up a SciFi book. But this was a
great collection of stories. I think I enjoyed it for two reasons: 1. Great writing ~ The various authors writing styles totally complimented each other. 2. Despite being on Mars, God and Jesus still
ruled. Way to go! From the 'Mons Olympus' to the 'govment,' the story is easy to follow from present day and past (Age of Magic)<<< loved this reference each and every time. The consistency
of use and references really helped me follow a story in a genre that would normally cause me to re-read to know what's happening. While I can't say I'm hooked on SciFi, I can say I really enjoyed a
vastly different read from what I'm used to.
My only complaint is that the first story, The Power From the Past, could have been longer. I know, I know. These are short stories. But that one had me hooked from sentence one and then ended too quickly."
"Excellent and enjoyable. The first story is very short and in its brevity serves to set up the anthology very effectively. This is Science Fiction, but in this world science has become a form of
magic. One can't argue with the third of Arthur C. Clarke's Three Laws that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." In this case, it is a vaguely remembered past
technology that has become so advanced as to be indistinguishable from magic. There is no dwelling on what happened to cause the fall of humanity to bring on this medieval period, nor is much said of
the terraforming of Mars. These simply present a backdrop for the stories in the anthology. Still, I wonder, "what happened to earth?"
This is also Christian Science Fiction, but the presence of faith and its practice are not overpowering. They are simply a very present part of the culture of Medieval Mars. Non-Christians could easily enjoy these stories. Likewise, the science in this science fiction is not overwhelming either. The good news is there is no junk science and the science that is present is accurate.
If there is anything I would have liked to have seen in these stories would have been a Martian Renaissance. There are glimpses of it with the few who understand the ancient magic as technology and an understanding by a few of the importance of literacy, but not quite enough. Perhaps this is a need for a second anthology (and since the subtitle says this is "book 1" I'm expecting a second book). Until that happens, download the book, sit back, relax, and enjoy."
-- Pastor Manyard
"The mix of stories are interesting, from a chapter book or middle grade story to a nonsense or magical realism story to a straight-forward epic fantasy/science fiction. I thought the story by Travis Perry alone was worth the price of admission. I recommend this book to anybody who likes stories set on Mars."
--Lelia R Foreman