FeatherPenClipArtTimeout from the award nominations for just a general review.

This is a collection of short stories published by Third Flatiron. The company publishes themed anthologies on a regular schedule, and this is number 15 of an ongoing series. This collection includes 14 spec fiction short stories on the theme “under the radar.” This is the idea that some things are happening quietly, without a lot of fanfare, which could still be extremely significant to our lives.

This is a light, quick read. The stories are solid and entertaining, and several of them are also thought-provoking, which I always like. It’s a tough theme and it’s a stretch to find it in some of these stories, although that doesn’t detract from their entertainment value. The stories include time glitches, missing basements, wishing wells, immortality, possible alien invasions, multiplying obsessions, the persistence of extinction and revolutions fermenting in the trash heaps. I especially liked “Surplus Army,” “Spirit Cat,” “The Wishing Well,” and “The Thing Is, the Basement.”

Three and a half stars.

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