EXTINCT Anthology

Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever

18 Stories for only $2.99 /  £2.14

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OK, I'm biased, but I didn't write any of these stories and I just sat passively by as they came my way, so I think I can say pretty objectively that this book is a really good read! There were solid, publishable stories that didn't make the cut, so the stories here all had to rise above, whether through quality of writing, idea, humor or a combination thereof.

In fact, I think a handful could be serious contenders for awards.




The stories are categorized as:
  • Mainstream
  • Mythic and Near-Future
  • Speculative
  • Humorous
A nice eclectic mix. If you don't read speculative fiction, you'll find a variety of literary fiction to tickle your reading fancy. If you like science fiction, there's both hard and soft here.

I do have favorites, but I'm not going to tell you which they are. I will say:
  • One story, in particular, makes me cry every time I read it.
  • One makes me laugh every time.
  • One energizes me and takes me along for a wild, rollercoaster ride.
Here's the description from Amazon, with a little teaser from each story (in the order it appears in the book) and the name of the author who wrote it. I've added links to their primary social sites.

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Echoes of yesterday touch the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary ways in 19 provocative stories by some of the best up-and-coming authors of mainstream and speculative fiction around the world.
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Jase was her ghost in the machine, a shaded memory captured in synthesized pixels. Near enough to see, too distant to touch. Could they still connect? - LAST SEEN by Amanda le Bas de Plumetot

She didn’t realize how deep her loss ran, until a saber-tooth cat helped heal the past and point her toward a future she didn’t know she needed - PAST SURVIVORS by Sarah Adams

Vesna discovers from an unexpected source just how old the dance of love truly is - FOOTPRINTS ON THE BEACH by Aleksandar Ċ½ilja

John doted on the French touring car he’d lovingly restored. Can his dead wife teach him other things are worthy of his love too? - THE RESTORATION MAN by Simon John Cox

When a single mum returns home to Tasmania with her young son, her efforts to settle back in take a strange twist - A DARK FOREST by Jen White

Keeping a baby dinosaur secret from prying TV people and scientists is no easy task, except when your family have been keeping sacred traditions secret for generations - MY OWN SECRET DINOSAUR by Jo Antareau

When a Neanderthal skeleton arrives at her museum, Cassie learns a woman dead for thousands of years still has something to teach the living - THE LANGUAGE OF ICE by David North-Martin

With human hunters closing in, Kerg concocts a desperate plan for survival. Just one problem: he isn’t the only one looking out for family - TWILIGHT OF THE CLAW by Adam Dunsby

When Neanderthals, born from surrogate humans, kill a man for just cause, will the court let them have their say? - TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT by Kyle Aisteach
(This story appears in the first edition but not the second; prior contractual agreements meant it's unable to be offered exclusively on Amazon. It is available as a stand-alone short story.)

Lucia doesn’t believe in angels — but she might believe in a little boy cloned from a forgotten race - THE ANGEL GENOME by Chrystalla Thoma

Geri’s father finds the remains of an alien culture, proof we're not alone. But he leaves Geri feeling more alone than ever - IN RING by Scott Thomas Smith

Had it been left to protocols rather than human ingenuity, Commander West’s expedition might have overlooked one of Mars’ greatest treasures - BONES OF MARS by D Jason Cooper

Endless Power, Inc prepared Angel for the physical dangers of harnessing a new energy source. But no one prepared him for how to cope afterward - HUNTING THE MANTIS by Adam Knight

Bridges of meaning built through symbols alienate as much as connect. But the Virtual Bridge Sri plans could reconnect the lost hopes of a dying civilization - CONNECT by Kenneth Burstall

Fleeing with the last remnants of the Oshen race, Indigo has only one chance to ensure his people are never forgotten - INDIGO'S GAMBIT by Adam Israel

When his pampered world loses the technology it depends on, extinction looms faster than lonely survivor Levo could ever expect - BLOOD FRUIT by Shona Snowden

When a new bio-weapon in the wars on drugs and terror gets out of control, can the supplier really be held responsible? - A THORNY DILEMMA by Rory Steves

Capturing mammoths was all in a day’s work for Deke. The saber-tooth cat, though, was going to require something bigger than an elephant gun - INVOICE H10901: 3 WOOLY MAMMOTHS by Robert J. Sullivan

After George makes a momentous discovery, the distractions start piling up. His wife cooks up a surprise to remind him love is always worth sacrificing forDISTRACTIONS by Peter Dudley