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Chimerascope Jury Selection For Sunburst Award Short ListAurora Award Finalist For Best CollectionCBC Bookies Award Finalist For Best CollectionChimerascope A Story Of Many Parts A Dinner Conversation Takes Three Lifetimes To FinishA Geologist Faces A Planet Sized, Eons Old Puzzle To Save Her CrewThe Hero Of The Fall Of Earth Must Choose Between Love And RevengeA Man Is Born Each Day Into A New Life Only To Die Each NightA Sentient Aurora Threatens The Last Of HumanityA House As Big As The World These Are Some Of The Stories You Will Encounter In Chimerascope, The First Full Collection Of Short Fiction From Multi Award Winning Canadian Author, Douglas Smith Sixteen Engaging Stories Of Fantasy And Science Fiction That Take You From Love In Fourteenth Century Japan To Humanity S Last Stand, From Virtual Reality To The End Of Reality, From Alien Drug Addictions To A Dinner Where A Man Loses Everything Enjoyed every story except one.very good stuff. If there is a theme to such a complex collection, it is change and adaptability And while the heroes and heroines of the stories here are confronted by major upheavals and challenges, not all manage to overcome them successfully, or sometimes the price is just too high.I will present a short discussion story by story, while I recommend to check the excerpt site on the author s website for a taste of each of the pieces in the collection.Scream AngelChimerascope starts with a bang in this power If there is a theme to such a complex collection, it is change and adaptability And while the heroes and heroines of the stories here are confronted by major upheavals and challenges, not all manage to overcome them successfully, or sometimes the price is just too high.I will present a short discussion story by story, while I recommend to check the excerpt site on the author s website for a taste of each of the pieces in the collection.Scream AngelChimerascope starts with a bang in this powerful adventure tale set in the author Merged Corporate Entity Rippers future, in which the malignant Corporate Entity took power on Earth in a post apocalyptic future and led humanity to the stars, only to exploit and rape all non human life, sentient or not IP aka Indigenous People in the name of profit Using special combat troops with an innocuous name Rippers Relocation of Indigenous People that are addicted to Scream, a special drug that transforms all powerful emotions into highs , allowing the addicts to kill, torture or be abused, beaten by their superiors with a smile on the face so to speak, to exterminate or at best imprison and use the natives, The Entity seems to have an unassailable hold on humanity But one RIP Force officer who develops a friendship with the strange aliens providing Scream may prove otherwise A dark and powerful story with a first line that sets the tone for what is to come They stopped beating Trelayne when they saw that he enjoyed it A The Red Bird Changing style and tone from the dark tale of the Rippers above, we move here to a mythical fantasy like medieval Japan, a strange temple and the even stranger bird from the title Young Asai becomes the last warrior of the Red Bird , but when the local warlord decides to sacrifice a whole village to get the secret of the temple, what will he do Powerful, moving and not quite predictable A By Her Hand, She Draws You Down This is a straight out horror story about a painter who is compelled to draw people to feed a dark hunger in herself her companion lover fears he will be next Well done and with a nice twist though farther than usual from my sensibilities A New Year s Eve A Y2K bug story based on the author s industry experiences and with overtones of Casablanca of all things, this story worked less well for me and it sconventional B The Boys Are Back in Town A partly funny, partly dark story in which various gods from several pantheons are back in town , mostly enjoying themselves in a pub Paulo narrates with Dino as main companion I leave to the reader to figure out who are the two I enjoyed this one a lot one of the most pure entertainment tales of the collection, though it has its dark parts too A State of Disorder Another core story of the collection, this one involves time travel, revenge and as nasty a villain as it gets on a personal scale A chilling story of three dinners in the same place and time and a very satisfying ending made this another A story for me.Nothing A short,experimental story on the horror side, I did not really care for this one though it works as a mood piece B Symphony A strong sfnal story about a sentient light symphony that objects to humans colonizing its planet How would you communicate with such and how would it react to a baby who lacks all human baggage are some of the issues addressed here A Out of the Light Urban fantasy detective story that read well and was short enough not to be too annoying for me, but overall not my cup of tea B Enlightenment Another Merged Corporate Entity RIP Force story and one with a very interesting genesis and reader feedback as the author recounts This time we have strange aliens with supposedly mysterious powers who seemingly gave away all such to live the simple life of course all that works out until nasty Rippers come from the sky and start the usual torturing and killing left and right to get to those secrets While the general direction of the tale is clear, there are some unexpected twists and a superb ending the story itself is as powerful as any in the collection A The Last Ride More mythology on the Nordic pattern with Valkyries this time what price immortality and what would an immortal sacrifice to know a regular life A Jigsaw As the author tells it, the one YA story of the collection that came by specific circumstances, though it reads very, very well in the traditional derring do of sf adventures, with Cassie Morant a leading Earth researcher in the ftl wormhole technology of the mysterious Wormers that gave humanity the stars and an expedition that encounters seemingly benevolent and less developed human like aliens fast and mostly fun traditional sf that shows the scope of the author s range and another favorite of mine A The Dancer at the Red Door What if there is a secret society of immortals that draw life from a magical dancer What is the price of joining them Ultra successful businessman Alexander King finds out in this excellent story which is traditional urban fantasy at its best A Going Harvey in the Big House Big G is not that bright but he is content with his life inside the big house that is his universe until he stumbles upon the unknown a partly strange structure, partly horror story this one did not work as well as I expected for me mainly because of the main protagonist I tend to like this type of story and following the mystery of the structure to the end is worth it B A Taste Sweet and Salty Another superb story about a man that dies every night, only to wake up as someone generally different the next day all happens in a town from which escape seems impossible until the main hero has an insight unpredictable and with a great ending this story is another highlight of the collection and the one non sf A for me.Memories of the Dead Man I would say last and best, but several of the previous stories are on par with this one which is set in the beginning of the reign of the Merged Corporate Entity on Earth All that you want in a sf short story is here from powerful characters, to action, mysterious happenings and a dark, violent but excellent tale Read about the dead men , revenge, superpowers and a woman fighting for survival with her son in a harsh and unforgiving world a bittersweet ending adds to the power of the story A In conclusion I would say that Chimerascope A overall confirms for me what Impossibilia affirmed, namely that Douglas Smith is an extraordinary author whom every lover of quality speculative fiction should read Last year I had the opportunity to read and review PS Showcase 5 Impossibilia by Douglas Smith Had I been seeking fault in the slim anthology, I might have simply lamented the fact that there were only three stories Of course, three stories from Douglas Smith are to be treasured but, like most human beings, I acknowledge and indulge in the sin of greed I wantedMy wish was granted and I did receive , three hundred and thirty two pages ofChimerascope is the first full co Last year I had the opportunity to read and review PS Showcase 5 Impossibilia by Douglas Smith Had I been seeking fault in the slim anthology, I might have simply lamented the fact that there were only three stories Of course, three stories from Douglas Smith are to be treasured but, like most human beings, I acknowledge and indulge in the sin of greed I wantedMy wish was granted and I did receive , three hundred and thirty two pages ofChimerascope is the first full collection of stories by Canadian Science Fiction and fantasy author, Douglas Smith The anthology features a wonderful introduction by Julie Czerneda, another author whose writing I really enjoy Her words properly describe Douglas Smith s devotion to his craft through both his characters and stories I really couldn t say it any better No matter who or what he s writing about, his effort and care is always clearly evident There is also a fine introduction by the author himself in which he defines the title of his anthology, Chimerascope He likens assembling the collection of stories to building a chimera and the manner in which we view it as the scope Of course, his explanation is a loteloquent than mine There are sixteen stories in this collection and the author takes the time to not only introduce each one, but often comments afterwards as well To me, one of the pleasures of reading an anthology of short stories is reading author s comments on their own work I enjoy hearing about the inspiration behind the stories and what the writer hoped to achieve afterwards, often echoing the thoughts I have been left with It s a richer experience It is rare to find a collection where all the stories resonate and truthfully, not all of these did for me But I read all of them in an effort to appreciate the breadth of Mr Smith s imagination and talent His mind wanders far But though I normally pick my three favourite stories to talk about when reviewing an anthology, I honestly had a hard time choosing only three this time Now, this does happen a lot I m addicted to short stories I love them Though my quest for the perfect short story has been resolved several times, many, many times, I keep looking forI acknowledged my greed earlier, remember I have chosen my customary three, but I m sure no one will mind, least of all Mr Smith himself, if I mention just a couple others as well The first story of the collection is called Scream Angel This is one I want to mention The first story in any anthology is carefully chosen This is where the reader will either put aside the volume or eagerly move on I enjoyed Scream Angel and it did remind me of the reason I loved the author s writing, his characterisation, attention to detail and recurring themes of love, faith and redemption It also encouraged me to turn the page and readThat s a lot of praise for one of the stories that didn t make it into my top three There s a wealth of such experiences in this collection My first favourite is The Red Bird In the simplest possible terms, I loved this tale It had a definite beginning, middle and end and while there were parts I d love to see expanded, the life of Shirotori for example, it works beautifully as it is In the author s own words, Red Bird is a fable set in what might or might not be late fourteenth century Japan It has the feel of a myth or legend about a boy who finds that his destiny is closely entwined with the destiny of a people But rather than repeat a tale we ve all read before, the author has written something subtly new The boy has a personality all his own He has a good relationship with his mentor, finds love, becomes a father and also has his trials This story is filled with all the elements of a longer tale Honestly, I could have read it forever The ending was that perfect combination of sadness and hope My second favourite was By Her Hand, She Draws You Down The author notes this is his first horror story and it s creepy A young woman has an unusual artistic talent, one that frightens her boyfriend To tell you anythingwould be to rob you of the pleasure of finding it all out for yourself The ending had me chewing on my lip, even though I thought I knew what would happen, I didn t really know Which is just how it should be Before talking about my last favourite, can I just quickly mention The Last Ride Valkyries Need I sayReally, it s a good, good story and exemplifies the best elements of Douglas Smith s writing A Valkyrie falls for her hero, gives up her immortality for him then has to make that inevitable and awful choice afterwards As always, even for such a brief time, there is so much life in these characters I don t bother to marvel at how quickly I come to care for Douglas Smith s people any, it s a given Hands down, my favourite story in this volume was Going Harvey In The Big House I ve always been fascinated by the concept of a city that encompasses what we know of the known world J.G Ballard wrote a couple good stories along this theme, as did David Wingrove I m sure there are others In Douglas Smith s version, the House is well conceived, but as always, it s his characters that drive the story Big G is pitch perfect Every aspect of his personality is just spot on Though he s not a completely accessible character, portrayed as being not as intelligent as ausual protagonist, he is completely there and three dimensional and his reactions and motivations are plausible It works The ending is just right It couldn t have been any other way and I agree with the author s summary comments regarding such What is the story about Big G discovers that there is a sky outside the House and the story covers his growing realization that the world consists ofthan four walls and the daily routine that has been instilled into him since birth More than the truths that have been fed to him by those who are supposed to have all the knowledge The final two stories, A Taste Sweet And Salty and The Dead Man are also both wonderful entries I had to just quickly mention them Taste has a flavour that lingers and Dead Man was a wonderful example of the places this author is unafraid to go Tempting as it is to sit here and tell youabout these stories, I really must and would rather encourage you to go out and read this volume for yourself It is an experience well worth any effort required As always, I look forward tofrom Douglas Smith Yes, I am waiting forreview written for and originally published at sfcrowsnest.com Another Goodreads giveaway title I was notified on April 09, 2010 that it should arrive in 4 6 weeks and thank yuh.Got it in the mail today, April 28th It has to wait a bitJune 29, 2010 Douglas Smith starts Chimerascope ki meer uh scope with an award winning story Scream Angel which starts with an award winning line They stopped beating Trelayne when they saw that he enjoyed it Right from the start I was hooked.In all there are sixteen stories that dip their feet in fantasy, scien Another Goodreads giveaway title I was notified on April 09, 2010 that it should arrive in 4 6 weeks and thank yuh.Got it in the mail today, April 28th It has to wait a bitJune 29, 2010 Douglas Smith starts Chimerascope ki meer uh scope with an award winning story Scream Angel which starts with an award winning line They stopped beating Trelayne when they saw that he enjoyed it Right from the start I was hooked.In all there are sixteen stories that dip their feet in fantasy, science fiction and horror I don t know if I have a favorite because they were all very good But ifwere written about the Deadmen, I d hop on for the ride.A lot of writers find a stylistic formula for story telling that works for them and stick with it The best can switch gears, seemingly at will, and tell their tales in different ways like working with the whole spice cabinet instead of dousing everything with garlic Douglas certainly uses the whole spice cabinet.The artist in By Her Hand, She Draws You Down is revealed carefully with a delightful twist Big G is expertly portrayed in Going Harvey in the Big House The Dancer at the Red Door is a great distraction for the real story Each story has a memorable quality about it.I generally shy away from stories that use names with apostrophes in the middle as an effort to lend a far away feel So I cringed a little when I got to Enlightenment and read They re dead now, the Be nans Ta klu was the last to die The subject death of those two lines kept me going and I found that even that tired use of apostrophes can t keep a good story down.Each story starts with comments from the author He talks of inspiration, publication, awards, and personal thoughts which set the reader up with an appetizer before the next course I wishwriters would do that.The only thing this collection lacks is deadwood These are all award winning winnable tales There is something for every taste included between these covers.Thanks Doug, for entertaining me

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