Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures by Bascomb James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Far Orbit is a wonderful collection of short science fiction stories.
A few of the standout stories to me were:
Open For Business, by Sam Kepfield, is a tale of (practically current day) entrepreneurs starting up an asteroid mining company, and the fall out from doing so.
Composition in Death Minor, by Kevin Jewell, where a cellist assassin has to make a choice.
Spaceman Barbecue, by Peter Wood, is a Twilight Zone-esque throwback with a happy ending.
A Game of Hold'em, by Wendy Sparrow, is an Old West tale set on a colony world.
And I think my favorite was Bear Essentials, by Julie Frost, about a small trading vessel run by a grumpy man and his adult daughter, along with their small crew. This tale has them transporting a live bear from one world to another, along with an unusual passenger, and discovering something amazing along the way. I definitely want to read more stories about this crew (especially if that bear comes back).
Need a quick fix of good old-fashioned science fiction? Far Orbit is it!
An eARC of Far Orbit was provided to me by the publisher for review (thanks!).
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