Series: Diverse Energies,
Also in this series: The Last Day, Pattern Recognition , Gods of the Dimming Light , Next Door, Good Girl, Pocket Full of Dharma, Blue Skies, What Arms to Hold Us, Solitude, Diverse Energies
Published by Tu Books on 01 November 2012
Genres: Anthology, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Short Story / Novella, Young Adult
Short Story Saturday is a feature here at Ticket to Anywhere where I start to read some of the various anthologies I have, one story at a time. Starting with Diverse Energies which the book synopsis describes as “In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.”
Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, USA
First Line(s): It looks me right in the eyes, man. And I can tell that it’s…thinking. Like it’s alive. And pissed off.
Freshee’s Frogurt by Daniel H. Wilson is the next story in the Diverse Energies anthology and this one is all about robots. Its a bit like the precursor days of Skynet before the robots rise up to control the world. And in fact that is exactly what is starting to happen in Freshee’s Frogurt where Officer Blanton is interviewing a man named Jeff Thompson about one of the first incidents of a domestic robot going haywire and trying to kill.
Even though this story was about half the length of the first in this anthology I liked it a lot better. It was just more developed and felt more real. Unlike most stories, Freshee’s Fogurt was told as a transcript which can be a bit 2 dimensional and yet there was more depth in this installment than in some full length novels. There is a fast quality to it and I really want to know more about this world and the robot uprising. I found Wilson to be a talented writer and I am going to have to look into what else he’s written as I think it will be worth my time.