Title: Someone in Time
Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Release Date: UK -12/5/22
I received a free eARC copy from Rebellion ,via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This anthology is the latest collection of time-travel romance sci-fi short stories from prominent, award-winning sci-fi authors including Nina Allan, Carrie Vaughn, and Seanan McGuire. Follow timetravelers of all genders as they go backward and forward in time, sometimes to save the one they love, other times as a sacrifice, and others simply because it’s their job. Some travel through memory, others through dreams, and others still through time machines to touch people who would otherwise be out of reach, and to join them together. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad and poignant, some are tales of fresh love and some of love forever lost, but they all are rather wonderful.
Its always hard to rate and review short story anthologies. Some stories are outstanding 5 stars others didn’t quite grab me. Some authors are must reads for me others are new to me that I am now keen on jumping into their back list, others I am just not as fussed about.
However, with that I will say this is one of the best and most consistent collections I have read in a long time. I didn’t come across a single story I didn’t find interesting. All of them had such a unique take on love time. We really got Sci-fi of all types as well as the romance element was at different levels in each story too. I felt this kept the anthology really fresh. It made it more enjoyable to read through cover to cover, something I don’t usually do with anthologies, as each story was very distinctive in both voice and content that it didn’t begin to feel like the same story told over and over. I also liked that the introduction to each author and story were short and to the point, they didn’t detract from the story at all.
I think this would be a very good intro book to the different kinds of Sci-fi you can find for a non-sci-fi reader. It gives you a little taste of the creativity that sci-fi can have, the diversity not only in the characters and representation they have but also in what can make and good an interesting piece of Sci-fi writing. I think if you haven’t given Sci-fi a go this might be a good place to suss out what sort of Sci-fi/romance stories you might be interested in.
My particular favourites were the stories by
-Alex E. Harrow
-Catherine M. Valente