Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jeff Carlson's Long Eyes and Other Stories

Science fiction is plausible fantasy, in other words, weird stuff that could possibly happen. That’s what makes it so fascinating. Jeff Carlson’s new anthology, Long Eyes and Other Stories runs the gamut from futuristic technology to space travel. The sixteen short stories are radically different and each one will blow your mind with an intriguing concept and clever conclusion.
I love to escape into alternate realities but to me the best stories are character driven and Jeff’s tales of human hybrids are my favorites. Long Eyes is a great story about Clara, part woman, part spaceship but my #1 favorite is Pressure. The story reminded me of a book I’ve read many times over, The Experiment by Richard Setlowe. Jeff tackles the same premise in a different way - adapting the human body to live in the depths of the ocean. He conveys perfectly the awe and fear of abandoning a family to explore the unknown. That’s all I’m sayin’. You gotta read it yourself, it’s good stuff.    

For me one of the best parts of the book is the afterwords Jeff includes at the end of each story. Writers’ minds work in weird and wonderful ways, and who doesn’t like to know how a writer comes up with his ideas?

Highly recommended! I can’t wait to see what Jeff comes up with next.
Long Eyes and Other Stories is available at Amazon:

About Jeff:

From the mind that brought you Plague Year and The Frozen Sky...

Sixteen stories about strange worlds, biotech, commandos, and the girl next door.

"Striking." "Exciting. "
—Locus Online —SF Revu

First published in top venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazineand cult ‘zines like The Vampire’s Crypt, these stories have been translated into fourteen languages worldwide. Several received honorable mentions in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction or in Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. As part of the Fast Forward 2 anthology, “Long Eyes” was also a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. The first complete collection from international bestseller Jeff Carlson.

"Chilling and dangerous. "

Jeff is currently at work on a new thriller novel. Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests and more at

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