Natural World Reflections Book Reviews

Winds of Change: Short Stories about Our Climate
by Robert Sassor, John Atcheson, et al.
edited by Mary Woodbury
Publication Date: October 16, 2015
Publisher: Moon Willow Press
Print Pages: 253
Language: English

Review by: L. G. Cullens on Aug. 20, 2016

This being a diverse collection of eighteen short stories and some poetry about climate change, you may be thinking, geez, not another damper-on-my-day book. Fact is there's some great storytelling in this collection that you might well appreciate — a tantalizing mix for most any palate. The best, to me, in this collection follow the theme in a disarming, subtle way, allowing the reader to bask in immersing stories. 

To give you an idea of the range of stories:

There's an odd story with a metaphysical twist, about interviewing a body painting artist, that I thought exceptionally well written. I can't remember last time I came across wit like, "Our Alesha is not only a fully fledged member of the loon family, she also sits on the executive council of The Coalition Against Pipelines, the very epicenter of looniness."

A story said to be inspired by a Twilight Zone episode, much more to me. The insightful writing, prodding the mind to participate without handholding, was simplicity in its expansiveness that I don't see often. 

A Sci Fi story with time travel, fans of such can get into. I'm not much of a Sci Fi fan, but this one had an nice sardonic note I enjoyed. 

A speculative future story about a grandfather and grandson, that struck me as quality writing in keeping me engaged.  

A futuristic-cyber-biker-publishing combo story with an ironic ending. Here again not my usual preference, but engrossing.

An imaginative and entertaining doubles-from-the-future type story, with a zany twist and a scintillating ending.

A speculative fiction piece of man's loss of cultural trappings, regressing to our primitive beings.

And eleven others. There's also a bit of poetry to round out the offering.

The above, of course, what struck me as standing out. Other readers may find something different of interest in the collection, but I doubt will be sorry they picked up the book.