The Nuclear Frontier by Matthew S. Cox

Cox blends fragments of modern US life with universal human reactions to create a post-apocalyptic world that provides both action and emotional depth. This novel is the fifth in the Evergreen series. Risk of spoiler contamination beyond this point. A day where the electricity works in Evergreen is starting to become a day of celebration … Continue reading The Nuclear Frontier by Matthew S. Cox

The Comfort of a New Bright Age

Arthur C. Clarke commented that "[t]wo possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." As a Lovecraft fan, I feel the morbid joy of considering the second possibility, of envisioning a world where the only path to comfort is to turn away from the universe toward … Continue reading The Comfort of a New Bright Age

Nuclear Summer by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues his plausible portrayal of a possible post-apocalyptic society with the longer-term dilemmas and challenges that come once a settlement has survived the initial struggle to form. This novel is the fourth in the Evergreen series. Risk of spoiler contamination beyond this point. Nearly a year after nuclear war shattered the United States, Harper … Continue reading Nuclear Summer by Matthew S. Cox

The Shadow Fixer by Matthew S. Cox

Cox merges science-fiction, the supernatural, and classic detective drama to produce a story where each enhances the others. This is the sixth volume of Cox’s Division Zero series. Spoilers for previous books might leap out, rise up, or otherwise manifest after this point. After fighting creatures of the Abyss, reports of ghostly property damage and … Continue reading The Shadow Fixer by Matthew S. Cox

The Good Will Tour by Samantha Bryant

Bryant blends social roles of women, the responsibilities of power, flash powers, and fast-paced action to produce an exciting superhero tale with depth. The events in this novella occur between Books Two and Three of the Menopausal Superheroes series. There might be spoilers ahead. As part of the Unusual Cases Unit’s Good Will Tour, Flygirl … Continue reading The Good Will Tour by Samantha Bryant

Ghost Runner by Vera Brook

Brook combines a strong grasp of human behaviour with an imaginative technodystopia, creating a cyberpunk thriller that has both style and substance. This is the third volume in the Sand Runner series. Possible spoilers for previous volumes ahead. Reunited with Emily, the woman he loves, Kai is determined to keep her safe: but doing that … Continue reading Ghost Runner by Vera Brook

Unfit Magazine: Vol. 3, ed. Daniel Scott White

United by the theme of perception vs reality but varying in themes and tone, the contents of this magazine provide engaging perspectives on whether we are defined by our experience of reality. This magazine contains six short stories themed around technology altering perception, along with a brief essay about film funding. ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson … Continue reading Unfit Magazine: Vol. 3, ed. Daniel Scott White

Write Like Hell: Kaiju, ed. Sentinel Creatives

Ranging across genres, locations, and time-periods, this anthology provides a variety of perspectives on the question “How might humans act if giant monsters were real?” This anthology contains twelve kaiju tales, united by the presence of some immense creature or creatures but spanning genres from horror to romance. ‘Big Bloody Ben’ by Adam Gray. When … Continue reading Write Like Hell: Kaiju, ed. Sentinel Creatives

Stonefish by Scott R. Jones

Jones summons forth abstruse theology in the language of dystopian thriller, creating the thinking person’s visceral cosmic dread. Years ago, tech mogul and futurist guru Gregor Makarios disappeared completely from public record. However, Den Secord, a journalist for a minor virtual reality publication, finds a fragment that somehow escaped the purge. Following a hunch that … Continue reading Stonefish by Scott R. Jones

The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox

Cox takes the familiar post-apocalyptic tropes of survivors huddling in a bunker, failing technology, dystopian government, and possible conspiracy, and weaves them with nuances of his own to produce a tale that is fresh yet familiar. As toxins devastated Earth, a few survivors withdrew to the Arc, an underground sanctuary. The computers which stored much … Continue reading The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox