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Nevertheless (Tesseracts Twenty-One) by…

Nevertheless (Tesseracts Twenty-One)

by Rhonda Parrish (Editor), Greg Bechtel (Editor)

Other authors: James Bambury (Contributor), Meghan Bell (Contributor), Gavin Bradley (Contributor), Ryan Henson Creighton (Contributor), Darrel Duckworth (Contributor)18 more, Dorianne Emmerton (Contributor), Pat Flewwelling (Contributor), Stephen Geigen-Miller (Contributor), Jason M. Harley (Contributor), Kate Heartfield (Contributor), R. W. Hodgson (Contributor), Jerri Jerreat (Contributor), Jason Lane (Contributor), Buzz Lanthier-Rogers (Contributor), Alison McBain (Contributor), Michael Milne (Contributor), Fiona Moore (Contributor), Ursula Pflug (Contributor), Michael Reid (Contributor), S. L. Saboviec (Contributor), Lisa Timpf (Contributor), Leslie Van Zwol (Contributor), Natalia Yanchak (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Tesseracts (21)

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I don't read much SF any more, but do enjoy when it is good literature. This collection contains some wonderful stories with great themes. There were some that I found it hard to get an understanding of and one or two that didn't capture this reader, but the majority were good reads. Seems to be something for everyone. ( )
  cph917 | Nov 11, 2018 |
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Let's hear it for Canada!! This is a fantastic anthology of Sci-Fi short stories, and I really enjoyed the theme they went with for this year's volume - Hope. No matter how sad or depressing the story might be, there was always an element of hope. The stories range the gamut from futuristic to space to technology, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Fantastic volume, I just wish it were longer. ( )
  Nicole_Russell | Oct 29, 2018 |
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It's been a long time since I've read any SciFi or Fantasy (or Speculative Fiction as the young kids seem to call it these days), and it was nice to do so again.

SF short stories always give me a feeling of malaise. Maybe that's because of their oft-dystopian imagery, or maybe because I first read a lot of SciFi as an undergrad, late at night, alone in the library, with romantic loneliness and looming homework weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps the editors share this malaise, because the premise of this collection is a very good one: optimistic SF. The collected short stories do not all fit the theme equally well, with the occasional bittersweet or even sad ending. But, although there's an awful lot of dystopia and doom, with swords of Damocles at every turn, the overall feeling is one of hope.

Quality ranges from not-quite-awful poetry to some very pleasant stories. There is the occasional bit of over-explanation, like you find in much science fiction, but the writing is generally good. Some of the thematically poorer stories leave you feeling a bit empty—they have just the one twist, like pulpy SciFi often has.

My favourites:
"Pin and Spanner" by Pat Flewwelling
"A Threadbare Carpet" by Kate Heartfield (Arabian Nights in a noir-ish modern dress)
"Proteus in the City" by Fiona Moore (probably the best from a writing standpoint)
"The Rosedale House" by Michael Reid ( )
1 vote lipi | Oct 19, 2018 |
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As with any anthology, there were some stories I skimmed, some I simply liked, and some that were so good I immediately reread them. A solid collection with a timely theme.

Inside the Spiral - 2.5 stars
Pin and Spanner - 3 stars
Red - 4 stars
Tera and Flux - 2 stars
A Breath for My Daughter- 5 stars
Steve McQueen and the Hope Particle - 4 stars
On Reading to the End - 3 stars
Missed Connections, Mactaquac - 4 stars
Pirates Don’t Make Amends - 3 stars
A Walk in the Woods - 3 stars
Hill - 4 stars
Anhedonia - 4 stars
A Room of His Own - 4 stars
It’s in the Eyes - 2.5
Across the Seas of Sand - 4 stars
Lt. Anderwicz Goes Applepicking - 4 stars
With Two Left Feet - 3 stars
A Threadbare Carpet - 5 stars
Green Leaves Don't Fall - 5 stars
Proteus in the City - 4 stars
The Garden - 4 stars
One-Way Ticket - 5 stars
The Rosedale House - 5 stars
  ireneattolia | Oct 11, 2018 |
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NEVERTHELESS (TESSERACTS TWENTY-ONE) selected and edited by Rhonda Parrish and Greg Bechtel is an anthology of Canadian Optimistic Fiction.
I read an e-Book Edition, published by EDGE-Lite, an imprint of Hades Publications, Inc. Calgary, Alberta.
I received my copy of NEVERTHELESS from the publisher as part of LIBRARYTHING’s Early Review Program. Thank you.
The book includes a Tesseracts series list of titles; a Table of Contents; an Introduction by Rhonda Parrish; 23 stories; and an Afterword by Greg Bechtel.

The Introduction by Rhonda Parrish tells the ‘theme’ of the anthology - “Optimism which doesn’t necessarily exclude dark or scary settings, but does require some sort of optimistic twist or element.”
Greg Bechtel writes in the Afterword (“Afterword: What rough beast”) of the challenges of fitting into the theme of ‘optimism’; not sentimentalism or idealism, but optimism which ultimately translates into HOPE.
My remarks:
Several (if not most) of the stories are about ‘hope’ for the human race or the return of the human race.
Several (if not most) of the stories are set in a futuristic time period and include many robots/AI/Fantasy and Science Fiction elements.
Stories are very clever and thoughtful AND optimistic AND hopeful.

Stories include:
“Inside the spiral” by Dorianne Emmerton
“Pin and Spanner” by Pat Flewwelling
“Red” by Alison McBain (a very ‘rhythmic’ story of Atem bannished from his tribe and following the Tauros to the mountains)
“Tera and Flux” by Leslie Van Zwol (very interesting)
“A breath for my daughter” by Jason M. Harley (extremely sad)
“Steve McQueen and the Hope Particle” by Gavin Bradley (I like this story. A powerful interweaving into the story of Steve McQueen movie dialogue.)
“On reading to the end” by Buzz Lanthier-Rogers (verse with a great rhythmic quality)
“Missed connections, Mactaquac” by James Bambury
“Pirates don’t make amends” by S.L. Saboviec
“A walk in the woods” by R.W. Hodgson
“Hill” by Ryan Henson Creighton
“Anhedonia” by Meghan Bell
“A room of his own” by Ursula Pflug
“It’s in the eyes” by Jerri Jerreat (a harmless librarian? Hah! No such thing! I know. I am one.)
“Across the seas of sand” by Jason Lane (very disturbing to me)
“Lt. Anderwicz goes applepicking” by Natalia Yanchak (Wow. Jolted me!)
“With two left feet” by Lisa Timpf (verse)
“A threadbare carpet” by Kate Heartfield (a ‘magic carpet’ taxi service; telepathic pigeons; gang wars; magic stones; what an imagination!)
“Green leaves don’t fall” by Stephen Geigen-Miller
“Proteus in the city” by Fiona Moore (very interesting and thoughtful)
“The garden” by darrel Duckworth
“One-Way Ticket” by Michael Milne
“The Rosedale House” by Michael Reid

I can heartily recommend this book and this series These anthologies are very interesting, imaginative, clever and thoughtful. ( )
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Parrish, RhondaEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bechtel, GregEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bambury, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, MeghanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradley, GavinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Creighton, Ryan HensonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duckworth, DarrelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emmerton, DorianneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flewwelling, PatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geigen-Miller, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harley, Jason M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heartfield, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodgson, R. W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jerreat, JerriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lane, JasonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lanthier-Rogers, BuzzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McBain, AlisonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Milne, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, FionaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pflug, UrsulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reid, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saboviec, S. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Timpf, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Van Zwol, LeslieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yanchak, NataliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bechtel, GregAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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