Telepathy. Just a far-fetched bit of science fiction “hocus pocus.” But is it? With today’s giant leaps forward in technology and biotechnology, with people constantly surrounded by sophisticated yet invisible communication networks, and with a rapidly increasing understanding of the brain’s inner workings . . . is it so hard to imagine that we might be able to develop direct mind-to-mind communication?
Or might it not be the case that evolution alone, in the right circumstances—if not on this planet, then on others—could give rise to creatures with telepathic abilities?
This collection of fourteen stories explores the ramifications of a future where telepathy is real. From that first glorious moment of discovery, to the subsequent jealousies and class divisions, to the dangers of weaponization and the blessings of medical miracles, The Telepath Chronicles promises to take you inside the creative minds of some of today’s top science fiction authors.
What a fascinating collection of short stories this was – all about the same concept, but so many different interpretations. Among my favorites were:
Venus in Red by Therin Knite – I’ve read two books by this author, Othella and Echoes, and know I can always count on supreme world-building, kick-ass action sequences, and snarky dialogue and this short story wasn’t an exception. A women with a grudge tries to break into a seemingly impenetrable fortress – something that may not be quite as difficult with her newly acquired neural enhancements and power to manipulate the minds of others.
The Locksmith by Susan Kaye Quinn – The idea of mindjacking pulled me into this story immediately, and I clicked with the MC, Zeph, right away. I was thrilled when I read in the author’s note at the end that Mindjacker is a series, so now I have more books to add to my towering TBR pile!
Trauma Room by Samuel Peralta – Probably the shortest story in the book, but the ability to get into person’s mind has huge ramifications in this story about an assassinated senator.
This anthology includes some very talented and imaginative writers and I enjoyed reading their varied takes on the same theme. A real treat for sci-fi lovers!
I received a digital ARC from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review.
The Telepath Chronicles is available on Amazon today – you can buy the book here!