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The Light Between Stars takes readers into a kaleidoscope of quirky stories that will leave many wondering what happened. Life in the Universe: FTL ships have surveyed more than 400 star systems and found no life anywhere, not even bacteria. When one ship finally encounters another species, they wished they had not. The Coward and the Thief in Paradise: As a Cadet, she had been plucking weeds from the Paradise compound for years. It seemed all so pointless. Then there was the Realization Room, where every day, she was questioned by a Specialist about developing special powers. When she discovered her power, those in charge did not like it at all. Tinker’s Toxin: After the apocalypse, someone had to go around and clean up the mess. It was not a job for the fainthearted. Other London: In 1976, a large hole opened above Earth, another invitation from the community of worlds to join them. After some negotiation, magic was let loose on the people, creating inevitable chaos. The Fixers were there to help sort things out. Awakening: After one hundred years, most of the original crew who kept constant watches had died, their offspring continuing the surveys. After such a long voyage, a small group came to believe there was no Earth, and their journey had no meaning. Something had to be done about that.
Catherine Fitzsimmons has managed to bring together a diverse collection of well-written stories that will challenge readers and make their imaginations soar. Some stories will leave readers disappointed with their abrupt endings, but The Light Between Stars will keep readers thinking and reflecting. Every story is unique, and the contributing authors open doors perhaps best left closed. Once a reader walks through, though, there will not be any peace until the story ends. The stories in this anthology break the traditional notion of how a story should be structured, which will not please some readers, but each story manages to capture something unique that will linger in the background. The Light Between Stars takes effort to read, but it is a worthwhile journey.