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“It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea–whether it is to sail or to watch it–we are going back from whence we came.”
– John F. Kennedy

Underwater cities, lost civilizations, crops, climate change, and dead zones.
In this collection of ocean-themed stories, twelve of today’s top speculative fiction writers explore our morality, our built-in societal restraints, and reflect upon our state of grace.
The waves roll in, the waves roll out.

“OCEANS: The Anthology” features stories from bestselling authors such as winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards Ken Liu, Rysa Walker (the Chronos series), Daniel Arthur Smith (Tales from the Canyons of the Damned), R.D. Brady (the Belial series), Alex Shvartsman (the Unidentified Funny Objects series), P.K. Tyler (the UnCommon series), plus six more of today’s top authors in speculative and science fiction.

Daniel Arthur Smith presents OCEANS: THE ANTHOLOGY, book 2 of the 2 book Frontiers of Speculative Fiction series that began with the top-ranking CLONES: The Anthology!

  • 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

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