Vignettes of the Star Empire Tales of the Associated


  • Kindle Edition
  • 204 pages
  • Vignettes of the Star Empire Tales of the Associated Worlds #1
  • Alistair Young
  • English
  • 06 April 2016

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Vignettes of the Star Empire Tales of the Associated Worlds #1Vignettes is definitely a correct description This book was a collection of lots and lots of very short works and a few moderately short ones scattered all throughout the Star Empire a collection of planets that's part of a larger setting known as the Associated WorldsI rated this book highly because I uite enjoyed it However its narrative structure is odd and probably not for everyone One vignette is the story of a daring special ops raid by a high tech commando on a slightly lower tech space station then right after that is a verbatim reproduction of a sales brochure for an oven that makes use of gravity manipulation and continuous MRI scanning to cook a roast perfectly There wasn't a narrative arc threaded through it all just lots of little ideas described in turnThis is a book for people who are really into science fiction worldbuilding In another universe in a galaxy strangely similar to our own there's a bubble of space a couple of thousand light years across somewhat distorted by bumping into the edges of the galactic disk to acme and nadir filled with millions of stars bound together by an ever expanding spiderweb of manufactured wormholes and bright with the EM babble of civilized lifeThese are the Associated Worlds sprawling myriad species polities philosophies corporations clades and cultures From the hypercivilized Powers at their heart to the brawling colonies of the Periphery and Beyond trillions of lives are lived each with its own story to be toldThis is a collection of over 44000 words of nanofiction and metafiction excerpts from works taken from inside the fictional realm from the Associated Worlds SF universe; little morsels of a world and culture unlike our own I would rate this five stars but seeing as I wrote it I might be a tad biased


About the Author: Alistair Young

A professional dilettante Alistair Young was born in England and now lives in Wichita Kansas with his wife and two dogs One morning he woke up with a universe in his head and knowing this was a sign of either insanity or literature started writing and hopes for the best