This book caught my attention because one of the authors I follow, Rysa Walker, has a story in it from the Chronos series. I went to that first and was not disappointed, although I have to confess that the ocean theme in that story was a tad irrelevant (the story would have been much the same without the water angle). Some of the other stories were extremely focused on oceans, and especially ecology, and were very thought-provoking. For instance, the final story about the “Sea of Massachusetts” refers to a future in which climate change has basically flooded cities like Boston, and most remaining on Earth are refugees. “Dancing in the Midnight Ocean” spoke of a whole new evolutionary path. “Aquagenic” was a lot of fun to read but I don’t think I can describe it without spoilers. As a techie, I very much enjoyed “The Hunt for the Vigilent” and immediately went out to find the earlier short story “The Coffee Corps” set in the same world.
When I was a teenager, I subscribed to several SF magazines (Analog, Asimov, Omni) but eventually lost the taste for short stories. As I’ve followed the Chronos stories from one anthology to another, I’ve regained my taste for this style of collection. Thanks to all the authors!
Basking on the Ridge