Wildflower Carl Rafala

ISBN: 9780595239160

Published: July 21st 2002

Paperback

172 pages


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Wildflower  by  Carl Rafala

Wildflower by Carl Rafala
July 21st 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 172 pages | ISBN: 9780595239160 | 8.79 Mb

If you like avant guard writing and enjoy sci fi, pick up a copy of Carl Rafalas anthology Wildflower. Each of the 11 short stories is imaginative, and no two are similar in style. Rafalas world - or should I say worlds? - teems with biobots,MoreIf you like avant guard writing and enjoy sci fi, pick up a copy of Carl Rafalas anthology Wildflower. Each of the 11 short stories is imaginative, and no two are similar in style. Rafalas world - or should I say worlds? - teems with biobots, methane clouds, electronic eyes, space crafts, and genetic regeneration. His tales emit a darkness, a sense of hopelessness.

While his heavy use of futuristic techno-lingo displays a fascination with humanitys future, his plots betray a deep mistrust and desperation for where technology might be leading us.In Wildflower, soldiers hunt down protesters, people drive creatures to extinction on planet after planet, and it gets harder and harder to define the boundaries between humans and machines.Each of Rafalas tales keeps readers in suspense, some with surprise endings, some with a gradual realization of where the story is headed. Not surprisingly, Philip K. Dick is one of his influences, because Things are always dark and uncertain with Dick, and I love that.

Unfortunately, Rafala also keeps us in the dark about some details that could help us better follow the story.Another strength, Rafalas fantastic imagination, becomes a weakness through excess. Like the movie director who tries to impress with special effects, Rafalas techno-lingo overshadows some truly enjoyable stories.

Rafala is a good enough writer that he does not need to distract us with razzle-dazzle.Wildflowers weaknesses can be attributed to a young writer who has yet to come of age. I look forward to his next book - to seeing a Rafala confident enough to use both suspense and techno-lingo without overusing them.Until then, enjoy Wildflower. David Leonhardt, author of Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness



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