Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"OCEANS: The Anthology" by P. K. Tyler and others

OCEANS: The Anthology
(Frontiers of Speculative Fiction Book 2)
by P. K. Tyler and others

OCEANS: The Anthology (Frontiers of Speculative Fiction Book 2) by P. K. Tyler and others

OCEANS: The Anthology, the second book in the Frontiers of Speculative Fiction series, has just been released and can be yours for only $0.99. Keep reading for an excerpt and my review of one of the stories in this collection, "Tide Sweeping" by P. K. Tyler. Also available: CLONES: The Anthology (read my blog post).

CLONES: The Anthology by P. K. Tyler and Others

"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, Daniel Arthur Smith, R.D. Brady, Alex Shvartsman, P.K. Tyler, plus six more of today’s top authors in speculative and science fiction.

Click below to read an excerpt from this collection, including one complete story.

Praise for the Book
"The stories are varied and diverse and pretty creative. [...] I enjoyed this collection and anyone who likes sci-fi short stories will too. Recommended." ~ Dr. Gonzo
"This anthology of short stories was a blast to read. All had a general ocean theme but how it was important to the story differed greatly. Some were fantasy, futuristic and some more dystopian in theme. I liked them all. I read it in one sitting as I kept saying one more before I stop. Great for a lunch time read. The authors views of the ocean were all unique. [...] I recommend getting this anthology if you like short stories that are well written and a surprise when a new one begins." ~ christy
"Daniel has gathered some of my favorite authors together to explore this vast watery world, and boy do they ever deliver. [...] So grab Oceans, and start your own exploration... You don't even have to get your feet wet ..." ~ Lonnie-TheGreatNorthernTroll-Moore
"A good collection of ocean themed novellas with messages to be learned from each one. The plots are diverse and very creative. As in any anthology, some are better than others. I enjoyed this sci-fi collection and would recommend them to family and friends." ~ J Phillips
"Began this collection last night by reading 'Bug Eater', and I was immediately hooked. Great opening story with an extraordinary revelation at the end which really surprised me. Looking forward to the rest of stories." ~ K. Parr

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
OCEANS: The Anthology is a collection of 12 short stories by 12 different authors, each with an ocean-based theme. This review is for the story "Tide Sweeping" by P. K. Tyler.
"Tide Sweeping": Dust and sand have devoured the Earth, leaving behind only pockets of salt water protected by Sweepers, loyal to the Tide.
Jasja has an unusual job. Known as the Sweeper, she keeps watch over the last Ocean on earth, located inside a Temple in the Arctic Desert. She is destined to live her life here, with no love, no children, and no distractions from her duty. But Frosten is proving to be a bit of a distraction as he performs his daily maintenance on the Temple. Today is the day of the Offering, which occurs once every twenty years. What is the secret of the Offering?
Jasja lives in a different time, as evidenced by the existence of the Arctic Desert. The author creates a vivid image of this future through her skillful use of language. Not wishing to give away too much, the world has come full circle, with this future world sharing some very disturbing similarities with ancient civilizations.
This is a compelling tale of responsibility, destiny, and duty. I would love this story to have been a bit longer, further exploring Jasja's past and especially her relationship with Frosten.

About the Author
P. K. Tyler
P. K. Tyler is the author of Speculative Fiction and other Genre Bending novels. She's also published works as Pavarti K. Tyler and had projects appear on the USA Today Bestseller's List.
Pav attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Theatre. She lived in New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off-Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry for several international law firms.
Now located in Baltimore, Maryland, she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two terrible dogs. When not penning science fiction books and other speculative fiction novels, she twists her mind by writing horror and erotica.