First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1, Compiled by M. Willis, S. Helleiner, and C. Ham

First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1

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Authors: Ian Creasey, Ed Greenwood, Ken Liu, Jennifer R. Povey, Rob Jacobsen, Edward J. Knight, Jessi Rita Hoffman, Kenneth Schneyer, David Tallerman, Curtis James McConnell
Publisher: Gseb Marketing Inc.
Copyright Date: 2011
Foundational Characters: Contains ten short stories with with unrelated plot lines.
Standard Rating: YA
Reviewer Rating: 4
Available Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986948411
ISBN-13: 978-0986948411
Book Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
Page Count: 192
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Short Story, Imaginitive Fiction, Anthology
Tags: Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story, Imaginitive Fiction, Anthology


First Contact — Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1, was first published in June 2011, and is available in all popular eBook formats and regular print. The digital price for First Contact is just $3.99 USD, and the print version is a reasonable $11.99 USD. This first release of our science fiction anthology series is approximately 54569 words in length, and is 192 pages in the 6×9 perfect bound print version. All stories are original and first published in this collection.

First Contact contains ten original science fiction short stories from professional fiction writers. Each story is between 3500 and 7500 words in length, allowing for rich tales and well developed characters. (From the publisher’s website)

The Revelation

First Contact is a compilation of short science fiction stories, the authors of which were the winners of the first Digital Science Fiction writing contest. The works of ten authors are included in this compilation:

  • Ian Creasey
  • Ed Greenwood
  • Ken Liu
  • Jennifer R. Povey
  • Rob Jacobsen
  • Edward J. Knight
  • Jessi Rita Hoffman
  • Kenneth Schneyer
  • David Tallerman
  • Curtis James McConnell

Digital Science Fiction uses a fairly loose definition of science fiction to guide the writers towards the end goal. The definition used is provided by Wikipedia and can be found on their Submission Guidelines page.

The writing is good. The Digital Science Fiction editorial team picked ten stories that are very good. The first story, for example, written by Ian Creasey, is about an alien life form that I imagined is the size of a household pet (like a dog or a really large house cat) that helps its owner lose weight in an imaginative way. The next story, by Ed Greenwood, could be described as a mix between fantasy and science fiction that is heavier on the science fiction end of the spectrum, and thus worthy of being published in a sci-fi anthology.

All in all, this was a captivating read. I love the short story fiction form because you get all of the oomph of a longer piece of fiction in a smaller package. All of these stories have intriguing twists and turns that show their authors’ story-telling skill and proficiency. Even the story titles themselves are appealing. For example, Creasey’s story is titled, “How I Lost Eleven Stone and Found Love.” Greenwood’s story is called, “Biting a Dead Man’s Hand.” What’s also great about this publication is that it’s the first in a series of monthly publications that will likely be of the same high quality.


Contains adult themes and language.

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