Posts in category Short story

“Rescue Run” Short story review

This is the last short story in the book, “The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall” by Anne McCaffrey.  The book was published in 1993 by the Ballantine Publishing Group. The previous short stories covered the discovery of Pern and its settlement.  In this one, the ship Amherst checks out an orange flag on the Rukbat […]

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“The Second Weyr” Short story review

The fourth short story from “The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall” by Anne McCaffrey covers the settlement of the planet from the air.  This time, the dragons and their riders have outgrown their current space and need to expand.  There’s a lot of anticipation and anxiety over the new locations and Torene is particularly concerned.  […]

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“The Ford of Red Hanrahan” Short story review

This is the third short story in the book, “The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall” by Anne McCaffrey.  The book was published by the Ballantine Publishing Group in 1993. In this story, the setting shifts to the land as people set out to inhabit more territory.  Red Hanrahan leads his people out of the Fort which […]

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“The Dolphins’ Bell” Short story review

This story is the second one in the book, “The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall” by Anne McCaffery.  It was published in 1993 by the Ballantine Publishing Group. The story begins on the planet Pern about eight years after the initial survey.  The planet is inhabited by humans who migrated there bringing with them several pods of dolphins.  Unfortunately, the nearby volcanoes […]

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“The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall” Short Story review

“The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall” was written by Anne McCaffrey and published by the Ballantine Publishing Group in 1993.  It’s a collection of short stories dealing with the planet called Pern.  The author is considered to be one of the world’s most popular authors in the science fiction fantasy realm. The first short story […]

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“The Eternal Altercation” Short story review

Peter Crowther wrote “The Eternal Altercation,” a short story published in “The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers’ Tales,” edited by Mike Ashley in 2004 by Carroll & Graf Publishing.  This was the last story in the anthology and ends this review of short stories.  I decided to review short stories as a change of pace, but I found it […]

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“Last Rites” Short story review

“Last Rites” was written by Louise Cooper and included in “The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers’ Tales” edited by Mike Ashley and published in 2004. The author takes us to an unknown land with 2 moons and a dying magus.  The historian, Savrinor, prepares the people for a new mage and the ceremony involved with it.  […]

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“The Walker Behind” Short story review

Here’s another selection from “The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers’ Tales,” which was published in 2004 and edited by Mike Ashley.  “The Walker Behind” by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a unique story about a mercenary magician named Lythande, who detects footsteps behind her as she walks down the street.  She takes refuge at the closest inn […]

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“The Wizard of Ashes and Rain” Short story review

This short story was part of the anthology, “The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers’ Tales,” edited by Mike Ashley and published in 2004.  David Sandner contributed this tale, “The Wizard of Ashes and Rain.” It takes place in San Francisco and the main character is Sarah who is out on her skateboard looking for the Wizard of […]

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“Forever” Short story review

Tim Lebbon wrote the short story, “Forever,” which was in “The Mammoth Book of Sorcerers’ Tales” published in 2004 and edited by Mike Ashley. Nox is a Krote soldier on Dana’Man, pledged to the mages who were driven from Noreela.  He had no choice but to serve and now plots an escape from this hell.  […]

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