Review: Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera and the Cosmic Weird Edited by Scott Gable & C.Dombrowski

January 8, 2018
Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera and the Cosmic Weird, Scott Gable & C.Dombrowski, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Broken Eye Books on September 26. 2017
Format Read: Paperback (460 pages) 
Genre: Short Stories/ Sci-Fi/ Space Opera
Series: Standalone
Source: Editor Request
Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird
Space madness! Fly away with us to the deeps of space for action and adventure, alien intrigue and bloody surprises. Join us out here where all things alien and weird flow freely. Dive headlong into spaceships and monsters, tentacles and insanity, determined struggle and starborne terror. Whether sprawling across civilizations or tightly focused and personal, these tales paint a psychedelic vision of strange proportions and wondrous possibility.

Where space opera meets the weird. An anthology of 29 illustrated short stories that blend the weird cosmic horror of the Cthulhu Mythos with the star-spanning vistas of space opera by a diverse array of all-star authors...

You'll meet soldiers and scientists, starship captains and intrepid explorers, each with secrets to hide and a story to tell. And then there's the aliens. So many aliens. Some friendly, some monstrous, but all of them exciting.

Engines full. Course set. We're going in.



This collection of short stories ranges from humans turned inhuman to fight alien invaders, to the plights of clones attacked on a ship controlled by Artificial Intelligence. I loved the range of topics and issues covered as well as the expansion of the Cthulhu Mythos. The Cythulhu Mythos has a history of being sexist and racist. This collection of stories expands the mythos and embraces diverse genders, nationality's and sentience. Diversity should be celebrated in any version of our future because we know the results of it being vilified in our past. I was horrified but completely engaged with the monsters of the stars. The illustrations included with every story were great. The stories were horrifying but not all were gory, instead some cracked open topics we like to dismiss.
"It feels like a dare to the infinite and indifferent universe, whose snarled edges extend far beyond anything we've seen or known."
I was caught off guard at the ability of authors to unnerve and delight me in the same paragraph. These stories are worth reading because contemplating what could be should be a daily exercise. Character development was excellent throughout the planets and stars. I found myself looking up authors other works because I was that impressed by their stories. Some of the weirdness included immortal jarred heads, flesh made ships fighting a space virus, and thought invading planets. I would recommend this to sci-fi fans who appreciate an appropriate amount of gore and existential angst. This was a great collection and I only disliked one story, but that story may be loved by many readers.

I received a copy of this book from the editor in exchange for an honest review.


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Contributing Authors
Remy Nakamura • Lucy A. Snyder • J.E. Bates • Gord Sellar • Brian Evenson • Heather Hatch • Desirina Boskovich • DaVaun Sanders • D.W. Baldwin • J. Edward Tremlett • D.A. Xiaolin Spires • Tom Dullemond • Premee Mohamed • Wendy N. Wagner • Kara Dennison • Brandon O'Brien • Heather Terry • Wendy Nikel • Robert White • Ingrid Garcia • Richard Lee Byers • Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. • Tim Curran • Angus McIntyre • Ada Hoffmann • Bogi Tak√°cs • Wendi Dunlap • Cody Goodfellow • Nadia Bulkin

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