Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Future Past and other short stories by Subrat Sahoo



               Future Past and other short stories              by 
Subrat Sahoo

The Blurb

The future isn't what it used to be...Expect the unexpected... because for mankind, the future and the past may hold no meaning...Welcome to a fascinating collection of sci-fi short stories that will spark your imagination. Each story is unique and the outcome unexpected. Many are the hazards hiding in the heart of hyperspace In An Outside. In this sci-fi twister you have to figure out where you stand literally.Contrary to popular quote, there is no second chance for a candidate here, in Never A Next. The near future? It is singular, and it is in the past. In the title story Future Past, grammar takes a back seat, and so does what is known. When you achieve super specialization, you tend to forget two plus two. Simple Physics is amazingly simple. In fact it is so simple that it will definitely not work the second time! Whose image is it? Mastering God grants the license. And look! Just who's got a Reprieve? A chequers game: man versus time. What really happened in The Story of the Greatest Event That Never Happened? Go on... dare your imagination...

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Review


Subrat Sahoo has let his imagination run wild while etching galaxies, battling ships, hovering 'cars', robots and interplanetary race . Future Past is a collection of ten short stories, each ending with a cliffhanger situation. Each story is unique and I will be very frank here that some worked and some did not.(for me).

My favorite was ‘Never a Next'. It starts with a man's combat against a few fighters. I didn't anticipate the end and it was quite a jaw dropping moment for me. 

Even 'Rites of Passage'is a cute love story. And since I am a sucker of love stories, it can't be overlooked. But the ending was too vague. 

And that is the problem with some of the stories. The endings. To keep up the twist the author has kept the margin of vagueness a tad more than necessary. 

The grammar and the language of the stories are impeccable and that itself,makes it a easy read. The author's love and knowledge of this genre is evident in each of the stories. In all of them, he has brought out the futuristic world and some of the scenes are such that every human will want them in the future. :)

There is a poem, also in this collection. 'Mastering God'. It has a beautiful message that God created Man and Man created

Robots.  At the end who repented more. :)

Rating


Reasoning

Some of the stories are too vague. In a shot sci-fi fiction the biggest challenge is that the author shouldn't sound like a science teacher. Though the author has really maintained that in most of the stories, but in one or two it has come out just like my Physics teacher teaching me about force fields. She couldn't teach me then and I can't understand it now. Specially in ‘Simple Physics’.So, my bad entirely.  :)
Will I recommend this book to my readers? 

A must have for all Star Trek fans. You can almost imagine Captain Kirk sitting in his famous deck chair shouting orders to the members of starship.  :)





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