Review: Space Jockey Anthology

Posted November 22, 2013 by Nima in Rating DNF, Reviews, Sci-Fi or Fantasy Fiction Tags: , , ,

Space Jockey (Science Fiction Short Stories)
Edited by Tara Maya 
Reviewer: Nima
Rating: DNF

What I’m Talking About:

The first science fiction book I remember reading was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.  It whet my imagination for stories that were outside of my day to day world.  I could not just escape into a book, but leave the planet or enter an alternate dimension.  That was when I was ten. When I was twelve, I read my first adult science fiction book.  It happened to be a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury titled S is for Space.  When I saw the title of this anthology, Space Jockey, my mind went right back to the beginning of my science fiction addiction.

I was especially pleased to see that Maya combined classic and current authors.  They include:

  • Scott Whitmore
  • Ethan Rodgers
  • Algis Budrys
  • Steve Brady
  • Jonathan Von Post
  • Adrian Tymes
  • M. Pax
  • Tara Maya
  • Jack Skillingstead
  • George Zhao
  • Jillian Romanowski
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Andrew Vu
  • Joself Vasice

Philip K. Dick is known for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which would become the basis for the Harrison Ford movie Blade Runner.  The editor of this book Tara Maya, is also a contributing author.  Nearly fifty years after the publication of S is for Space, today’s technology savvy readers would not connect with Bradbury’s world of the future, but I think they would connect with Maya’s selections.  It’s a good collection to get your feet wet in the science fiction genre if you haven’t read much before.

It’s also great for getting a quick fix. That was my approach to reading this anthology.  I’d go get my fix and put the book down again.  Sadly, I did not finish it before this posting deadline, but I will make my way through it—especially when I need an escape.

DNF: Did Not Finish



About the Book:

A science fiction anthology, featuring both classic science fiction and brand new science fiction short stories about that danger-filled career of the future… space pilot.

A young pilot thinks he knows the cost of war. Until he opens a forbidden door…

If you’re piloting a cargo of convicts on Titan, you’re already in trouble. Things can still get worse.

After the war, humanity gave up dreaming of the stars. But not him.

Can a fleet of ships run by citizens stop famine from being used as a weapon?

Every time he traveled to another world, he lost a little more of himself. Now they wanted him to make one last trip…And more!

Release Date: September 23, 2013
Publisher: Misque Press
Genre: Science Fiction
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Author

Purchase Info:
Space Jockey Anthology