Dimensional Abscesses: edited by Jeffrey Hite & Michell Plested

Dimensional AbscessesDimensional Abscesses by Michell Plested
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review

Inspired by a conversation about portals that take you to places you don’t want to go, Hite and Plested have solicited a variety of fantasy and science fiction short stories that revolve around magic portals. From time-travelling scientists to adventurous cockroaches, these tales run the gamut.
Paradise Out of Order by Kevin Wohler: The first and what wound up being my favourite, Wohler’s submission is set in a magical second-hand shop. Items have to be carefully monitored to prevent unexpected side effects, and often the owner stores items which have stopped…working correctly and which are no longer salable, or even touchable. Items like the Paradisus portal.
We’ll Leave the Lights on for You by Phillip ‘Norvaljoe’ Carroll: Turns out humans aren’t the only ones who dream of stumbling across mysterious portals to different lands. Cockroaches do too. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself rooting for Emit and Giles as they spread their wings and explore the universe.
Inferno Land by Charlie Brown: As the title suggests, Brown takes Dante’s classic The Divine Comedy and reimagines it as a very exclusive theme park with unexpected – and disturbing – souvenirs. Either an excellent rewrite or a travesty against a beloved poem. No middle ground here.
Welcome to the Deluxe Dairy by J R Murdock: Anyone with agricultural experience or a love of veterinary stories will find themselves rejoicing that no matter how bad their worst calving experience was, it wasn’t “carnivorous cows” bad.
A Traveler’s Tale by Christopher Hite: Will takes his job at the Regan Nuclear Plant very seriously. When one of his technicians reports a power fluctuation on a generator, Will makes troubleshooting that slight irregularity his first priority. What he finds nearly gets him killed.
The Realm of Fire by Dan Absalonson: His kingdom’s wizard suddenly stricken ill, young Prince Drefan must assume the mantle of power. His first task? Travel to a blighted land and return with the magical object that provides the kingdom with warmth and magical resources. Oh, and don’t get eaten.
The Plumbers Portal by Julayne Hughes: What if you didn’t need an enchanted object to send yourself to mysterious places? What if all you needed was a sagging pair of jeans, a leaking pipe, and an incredibly hard head? Hughes’ main character discovers plumbing’s best-kept secret. Or gives himself so many concussions he hallucinates. One of the two.
Finding Olympus by Jeffrey Hite: When a couple demi-gods plan a mutiny, two humans are recruited. It’s supposed to be a short visit to Olympus. It doesn’t end that way.
Tunnel in the Sky by Michell Plested: This story sees futuristic scouts embarking on their first intergalactic camping trip, to the nature preserve planet of Garden. Of course the transport goes terribly wrong and the scouts are left in a gruesome battle for their lives on a hostile world.
Time Jack by D J Pitsiladis: The only story in the book with LGBTQ characters, Time Jack opens with Dr. Gorski and her assistant Pamela presenting the Science Council with a funding proposal in the hopes of advancing their time travel project to the human testing phase. The Council declines, citing safety concerns. Dr. Gorski and Pamela are devastated. They swear not to let their project die; they’ll take the evening to regroup and return tomorrow to explore other funding avenues. But an impulsive decision by one precipitates a chain of events that proves the Science Council’s concerns, while far surpassing their worst nightmares.
Minimal gore or mature themes combined with excellent creative chops make this a quick and tasty read for almost anyone looking for a quick sci-fi/fantasy snack. Need an excuse to spend an afternoon reading? Here you go.

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5 thoughts on “Dimensional Abscesses: edited by Jeffrey Hite & Michell Plested

  1. Barb J. Green

    I’ve added this to my Books to Read list. I love collections of sci-fi short stories. They provide a quick jolt of ideas much like I imagine expresso does. Here are 3 titles of books recently recommended to me by readers I respect.
    The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer
    The Library Book by Susan Orlean
    Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver


    1. I’ve heard of the first two and definitely want to read them. And I’ve read a couple books by Barbara Kingsolver and enjoyed those too. Let me know what you think!


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