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The Immersion Book of SF

1/12/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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The Immersion Book Of SF edited by Carmelo Rafala. pub: Immersion Press. 123 page small enlarged paperback. Price: GBP7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-9563924-1-1.

check out website: www.immersionpress.com

This ‘Immersion Book Of SF’ is a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. Some of them don’t even appear to be SF but fantasy which raises odd questions as to what editor Carmelo Radala regards as Science Fiction. ‘Bird-dropping And Sunday’ being very much more fantasy telling of a pair of youngsters surviving being thrown in a hole with a wild dog by the boy’s natural tendency to stay clean. The same applies to the long titled ‘Mango Dictionary And The Dragon Queen Of Contract Evolution’ by Gareth Owens mixing it a bit with a dragon giving birth.



Aliete de Bodard’s ‘Father’s Last Ride’ about a daughter emulating her late father’s last flight in an aurora is interesting take on an old plot.

Probably the author making the worse crime is Lavie Tidhar who in his story, ‘Lode Stars’, doesn’t take into account that if a spacecraft travels three light-years at even near light speed that the laws of relativity would mean that time on the home planet would have gone more than three years, more like 15 years with a grey area of acceleration and deceleration to take account of, let alone have a conversation with them considering that communication was travelling at light speed. As this is supposed to be crucial to the story, its one hell of a cock-up.

In many respects, the stories in this book have more going for it in writing style than ideas so this might appeal to those of you with that orientation.

GF Willmetts

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