Book Review – Fix the World Anthology

Publisher: Other Worlds Ink
Pages: 227
Characters: Various
POV: Various
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Anthology

Blurb:
We’re a world beset by crises. Climate change, income inequality, racism, pandemics, an almost unmanageable tangle of issues. Sometimes it’s hard to look ahead and see a hopeful future.

We asked sci-fi writers to send us stories about ways to fix what’s wrong with the world. From the sixty-five stories we received, we chose twelve most amazing (and hopefully prescient) tales.

Dive in and find out how we might mitigate climate change, make war obsolete, switch to alternative forms of energy, and restructure the very foundations of our society,

The future’s not going to fix itself

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Review

I enjoyed this anthology, although some stories more than others. Each author had a unique take on the theme, which made for interesting reading.

Overall 4 stars out of 5.

In Light by Mere Rain
I thought this was a very cool idea, with angels answering an emergency helpline call. It’s an interesting take on what might happen if we continue on our current path, with the rebuilders having to fix the environmental damage of their parents. I liked the symbolic nature of the angels, and how nature, too, had evolved.

Juma and the Quantum Ghost by Ingrid Garcia
This story had an interesting mix of tech and ecology. I thought the tech was sneaky, especially how they used actual dirty money to track the bad guy. Very clever ideas though I did find it hard to connect with the characters.

Ice in D Minor by Anthea SharpAt the Movies by D. M Rausch
I loved the idea of it being retro to go to the movies, and that everyone has tech in their heads. I thought this was a good story, and an interesting glimpse into another possible future. I liked the characters, although I’d like to see what happened to them after the story ended.

Who Shall Reap The Grain of Heaven by J.G. Follansbee
This was one of my favourites in this anthology. I liked the idea of the seed of Heaven and the role the church plays in this future with serious ecological issues. I liked James, and Angelina, and I thought the way the story resolved its immediate dilemma was very clever.

From The Sun and Scorched Earth by Bryan Cebulski
This was another story I really enjoyed. It reminded me a little of the anime mecha shows, and I liked the connection between Leo and his mecha. Lukas fixing old Joni Mitchell songs to share as part of post war rebuilding was an interesting idea too.

Upgrade by Alex Silver
I loved the worldbuilding in this story, the characters, and the plot. I thought the terrorist plot was very clever, and I liked the idea of greynet. This was a slightly different take on a possible future with humanity living in domes as the outside world is no longer fit to live in.

Rise by J. Scott Coatsworth
I thought this story had a wonderful feeling of humanity and heart to it. I loved how visual it was, and how I could easily imagine what was happening. I liked the link between Cinzia remembering the past before the floods, and her granddaughter Kendra watching the city rise again. Very enjoyable.

A Forest For the Trees by Rachel Hope Crossmann
I thought this story had some interesting ideas and I liked the concept of sentient trees. It works well as a narrative history of a changed world, although there isn’t a lot of interaction or emotion.

As Njord and Skadi by Jennifer R. Povey
I thought that, despite Deborah and her wife, Steffi, unable to ignore the insurmountable differences between them, this was a story of hope, and people. I like how the world has improved, and that human nature and romance haven’t changed. This story felt very human and real.

The Call of the World by Holly Schofield
I loved Julie, the main character in this story, and how she leaves everything behind to make a difference and protect the environment. I liked the community and how different people come together.

The Homestead at the Beginning of the World by Jana Denardo
This was my favourite out of all the stories, and I’d love to see more of these characters and their world. I loved the worldbuilding, and how humanity is picking up again after an alien invasion. I loved the Tolkien references, and how Sam and Kjell’s relationship grows. Kjell’s PSTD felt very real, and I liked how there were real consequences for those who had been used as lab rats by the invaders.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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1 Response to Book Review – Fix the World Anthology

  1. Pingback: 2020 A Forest for the Trees by Rachel Hope Crossman, and the anthology FIX THE WORLD from Other Worlds Ink, otherworldsink.com – Rachel Hope Crossman

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