This anthology is a triumph, and the world needs more like it.
Only a community like Sword & Laser could take this project on. To publish 20 works of fiction by relatively new authors. It would be such a tough sell in any other situation, but an easier feat when you already have an established and loyal audience.
That is by far the coolest part about this anthology, that we get to read stories from up-and-coming authors in the genre. Also, because it’s not themed around any particular subject, the variety is wonderful and I’m sure there will be at least a few good ones in there for everyone.
I’ve said this before, but anthologies usually aren’t my thing. I find myself getting bored with short fiction and skipping many of the stories…but that didn’t happen here. They were a perfect length—just enough time to throw us right into world and tell a compelling story.
Now all that being said, read it with a grain of salt, because you are still reading works from authors who aren’t as experienced as you might be used to. This won’t be the best fiction you’ve ever read, and it won’t blow your mind, but that’s not the point.
For what it set out to do, I think this anthology excelled, and I tip my hat to Tom, Veronica, all the writers, and the Sword & Laser community at large.