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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The short story collection of Jeff Walker’s Distant Saga Trilogy is imaginative in its own right while paying tribute to much-loved classic sci-fi themes. In The Cure, the corporate greed of pharmaceutical companies takes it to another level when a teen with a genetic code that can cure any disease is pursued by assassins: "The world lives on death. Death that fuels our economy gives us the means to live and continue to spend on their products. To have a cure, well now, that would be the end of life as we know it.” In the second story, Incident On Bio-Moon Five, the interests of the rich and powerful continue to dictate policies. A spy for United Colonial Union is investigating an incident on a desolate moon in a remote part of space where a waste management facility is located, owned by Viocoxin Incorporated, a leading giant for biohazard waste disposals. He gathers enough evidence of mismanagement but can he return to Earth safely?
The End Of Time is set in present-day Los Angeles, as a strange man in police custody claims that he’s from the future and he's trying to fix time. Of course, no one believes him until the truth reveals itself in a catastrophic way. Overall, the clear prose paves the way for an engaging narrative with tragedy as a theme that unites the stories. That said, determination also shines through the characters, bringing balance to the grim aspect and leaving indelible lessons that society can and should learn if we want to keep progressing as better human beings in the future. Ambitious, daring, and thought-provoking, Distant Saga Trilogy wonderfully combines science fiction with reality. A bonus preview, Outer Red, is provided before the collection ends, a glimpse of another exciting work from Jeff Walker.