01/11/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Parsec INK. Triangulation: End Of The Rainbow edited by Bill Moran. 152 page enlarged paperback. Price: $13.50 (US), Download ebook: $ 5.00 (US). ISBN: 978-0-9828606-0-1.
check out websites: www.parsecink.organd www.parsec-sff.org
The fourth anthology in the ‘Triangulation’ book series, under new editor Bill Moran, uses rainbows as it’s the theme with a mixture of nineteen fantasy and SF tales under the banner. Actually, these turn out to be mostly fantasy stories but when the common theme is supposed to be based around rainbows, it’s a bit hard for SF to get much of a look in.
On the bright side, there’s only a couple stories that even mention trolls and fairies and these fantasy stories avoid most of the usual tropes.
The opening story, ‘The Rainbow Vendor’ by David Sklar, where a salesman is trying to sell his rainbows to various people who refused largely cos they didn’t abide by the normal rules. I mean what would a scientist do with a rainbow that was lit without the aid of sunlight behind it or a leprechaun who would be looking for a crock of gold. A sharp story in few pages.
‘The World In Rubber, Soft And Malleable’ by Aaron Polson has a title you have to love. A small town has a population that is slowly vanishing and one of the local graffiti painting teens remaining decides to celebrate their lives. This story wouldn’t have been out of place under the auspices of Ray Bradbury.
Although I’m only using two examples here, none of these stories are badly written and would definitely appeal to you fantasy readers out there where there’s a strong literary style and makes a point.
I do support its editor, Bill Moran, that there should be more short form fiction out there. After all, there’s enough outlets if you also consider the Net, and that there’s far too much distraction. Perhaps reading this book will encourage more of you to write.
Next year’s subject matter is ‘Last Contact’ and you should check their website for contact details.
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