Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ninth Planet is a set of short stories in the speculative and anthology subgenres. It is best suited to the mature adult reading audience and is penned by Jason Palmer. In this unique collection of nine short stories with deeply multi-layered and multi-genre influences and ideas, we get a real sense of the chilling future that technology might provide if we let it run amok. Asking the vital question, should we do this just because we can, these nine tales take us through experimental and potentially sinister medical marvels, seemingly intuitive and useful advertising technologies, dangerous devices that threaten humanity, and more.
Jason Palmer has produced a fantastic set of speculative works with plenty of science fiction for the core audience. Still, they’re penned in such an accessible way they will appeal to everyone from literary fans to keen horror readers, interpersonal drama audiences, and psychological thriller nerds alike. The commonality of the collection is Palmer’s style, which strips back any unnecessary bells, whistles, and popular flourishes to leave a frank and highly visual story that will give you a short, sharp shock every time. I found myself especially enthralled by the eerie events of Son of Man and may never hear the phrase 'expectant father' in quite the same way again! Overall, readers of all kinds will find much to enthrall them in Ninth Planet. I highly recommend it for speculative and sci-fi enthusiasts looking for a brilliant new author and an instant favorite.