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Reviewed by Tina Stanciu for Readers' Favorite
The differences and similarities between humanity and technology, and the way people and society interact with thought-provoking events represent the bases for Kenneth Schneyer’s collection of short stories, The Law & the Heart. The first part of the collection treats matters of the law, where the author plays with daring ideas such as cryogenics or the existence of truth and lies in stories like “Author Plus Seventy” or “The Whole Truth Witness.” Personally, I was charmed by The Heart section of the book. Nonetheless, the whole collection offers a great reading experience, since it targets a wide variety of subjects and experiments with a cornucopia of emotions.
When presented with a science fiction book, readers often tend to judge it based on other books that they already read or movies they saw, since we are always looking to discover the next big think in matters of innovation and plot development. But that is not the case with The Law & the Heart because readers will be enchanted by the author’s writing style from the very beginning, and impressed by the emotions involved in the writing and in the actual stories. Kenneth Schneyer did a wonderful job writing a unique science fiction collection and, while stories like The Orpheus Fountain can be too intense for some readers, keep an open mind and try to see them all as stories of the heart. You will only benefit from reading The Law & the Heart collection.
All in all, Kenneth Schneyer's short stories offer a unique view into the future, create a new world where technology and the power of human emotion can go hand in hand, and where matters of the heart intersect with matters of the law and lead to a whole new vision of the science fiction genre - as it says in the subtitle: Speculative Stories to Bend the Mind and Soul.