I can't pretend to be anything other than a fan of Maria Haskins. She has a way of slowing down the pace of a tale to let you think more carefully about its elements that I don't know how she manages in the space of a short story.
Now, fair warning, I have featured in a short story collection alongside Maria - her story Tunguska was next to my tale The Secret War in Tales From Alternate Earths - so putting that out there for full disclosure. But I've been fond of her writing for a while and the work here is no exception.
The opening story, Mimir's Well, plunges us headlong into a world of AIs and loneliness with some wordplay that Brian Aldiss would be proud of, while the world of Live and Virtually Returning has the Messiah emerging from clone technology in a warped world that feels like it could be out of a Pink Floyd landscape. There's faint horror here too, in The Child, with a world of customised faces and the mental trauma of a mother grappling with issues of identity, or Lost and Found, with an expedition facing an inexplicable danger on an alien world.
My favourite story of the collection is On Our Way, a subtle tale of maybe love, maybe aspiration for more than the grey of a ruined world. To try to sum it up is difficult, but it's a softly told, thoughtful tale, and plays on my mind after reading it.
That description could sum up quite a lot of Maria's writing for me - she shifts one's world view and makes one consider broader horizons.
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About the Author
Maria Haskins is a writer and translator with a life-long interest in, and passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but since the early 1990s she lives just outside Vancouver on Canada's west coast. She has had several books published in Sweden, including books of poetry, a novel, and short stories. "Odin's Eye", a collection of science fiction short-stories, is her English language debut. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00UIANX06
- Language : English
- File size : 652 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 187 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1512041033
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A talented writer with stories to make you thinkReviewed in the United States on 25 May 2017
Donna L. Johnson
Through astonishing imagery and great character development each story of "Odin's Eye" gives its ...Reviewed in the United States on 10 July 2015
"Odin's Eye" by Maria Haskins is much more than a collection of science fiction short stories. Through astonishing imagery and great character development each story of "Odin's Eye" gives its own unique perspective on the human experience. There is so much depth in the portrayal of human frailty: Our delicate relationship with nature and the rapidly growing abyss dividing our attachment to it and simultaneously our dependency and future enthrallment to technology. "Odin's Eye" is a beautiful and agonizing insight into the complexity and vulnerability of human psychology. In every story each character desperately attempts to overcome their personal deficiencies in future worldscapes created by societies collective shortcomings.
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