Title: An Understanding
Author: Holly Heisey
Review: The opening to this short story was great we meet Barein who is trying to close a wound in time by finding the person the wound relates to. He finds Lorin whose daughter was stolen from her and taken through time to another place where only Barein can retrieve her. After going through the time wall he finds the daughter only she is an old woman as time passes different once you pass through the walls. we also learn that there are two main races; Aezthena and human and only the Aezthena can cross through the time walls. This was a great little sci-fi story and sets up the larger story perfectly. I really enjoyed the small elements of this story especially Barein’s perspective and his emotional state at wanting to feel and be human once more.
In the second story The Artist Fades Away we are introduced to Michael whose wife has died in a way and he paints to remember her and preserve her soul. But over time she begins to vanish from his painting and all traces of her begin to fade until one morning he wakes up and remembers nothing of her or what she meant to him. We as the reader feel Michael’s desperation clinging to even the smallest hope and when she does begin to fade we feel so sorry for him and just are optimistic because he won’t remember her or the pain he suffered at losing her.
Overall these short stories were great with a real sci-fi feel to them and the space and time travel elements just add to the reading experiences along with the author’s uniquely brilliant writing style that literally draws the reader in and lets them experiences what the characters are feeling. I highly recommend this to sci-fi fans and to people looking to break into the genre.