Friday, October 16, 2009

Subterfuge Part 4

“The God Particle” by Steve Longsworth, Pages 12: This one is definitely a quirky charmer. It starts with Bertrand Russel’s quote “Never be absolutely certain of anything” and manages to stay true to it, delivering one amusing situation after another. I can say that subterfuge here is all in the variables and when it comes to variable quantum physics has them. In the end this is the ultimate unification of science and religion as tests to find the God Particle give staggering results. The science lingo can be overwhelming as well as the theories the characters produced to explain what happened during the experiment, but all the more power to the writer for getting all the elements right. In the end this is acceptable and enjoyable. “The Great Gig in the Sky” by Una McCormack, Pages 10: I loved the topic here. We have a band that almost made it big listening to a tribute band formed in their honor, performing their early works. The nostalgia and surrealistic atmosphere are comfortable, but I am not exactly sure what to make out of the ending and I am not a fan of having to keep guessing, even when that quality is intentional and part of the mystery. “Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream” by Nik Ravenscroft, Pages 12: Time travel has always excited me and whenever I do get the chance I enjoy a time travel story, especially one with a dirty twist in the end capable of making me smirk evilly. The reader is introduced to bright Toby Maitland, who happens to be intellectually gifted, but suffering in his personal life, which has brought him to a mental break down one day. That day in the park he meets a very strange man, with whom he speaks the same language, but as anything in this world nothing is random and nothing is obvious.


Stewart Sternberg said...

Interesting looking collection. You know, I think people underestimate how hard it is to gather a collection of stories together, finding the right tone and mix, stirring them together to create an inviting melange for the reader.

Harry Markov said...

@ Stewart: Doing these reviews and digging deep within the stories after reading I begin to appreciate the hard work and the craft behind the stories themselves and the selection method.