Stories From Which There is No Escape.
Nothing terrifies us more than being stranded. Helpless, forsaken, cut-off. Locked in a place from which there is no escape, no way to get home.
A soldier trapped in an endless war dies over and over, only to be awakened each time to fight again – one of the last remaining few seeking to save mankind from extinction.
In rural 70s England, an RAF radio engineer returns to an abandoned military installation, but begins to suffer hallucinations, shifts in time and memories that are not his own.
A widower, one of ten thousand civilian space explorers, is sent alone to determine his assigned planet’s suitability for human colonisation, but stumbles across a woman who is part of the same programme and shouldn’t be there at all.
A suicidal woman in a poverty-stricken near-future America, where political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country, takes part in a particularly unpleasant crowd-funding platform, established by the nation’s moneyed elite to engage the masses.
An assassin from the future, sent back in time to murder an insurgent, is left stranded when he fails in his mission and knows he will soon cease to exist.
These sometimes dark, sometimes heart-warming, but always insightful stories and more are to be found in No Way Home, where eight of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction explore the mental, physical and even meta-physical boundaries that imprison us when we are lost.
Some notes on No Way Home:
No Way Home is an anthology featuring some of the best up-and-coming speculative fiction writers working today. I am thrilled to be a part of it.
This is my first anthology and it’s been an incredible experience. It’s been an honour and a joy to be included in such a talented group. Each of the group has beta’d and proofread the others and given feedback all the way. This has made it a particularly enjoyable joint project, rather than simply handing a story over and that being the end of it.
The theme for the anthology was ‘stranded’ and I particularly enjoyed seeing how everyone interpreted it differently. It’s made for a fascinating and very readable group of stories.
My story is titled Merely a Madness, and I’ve written more about it here.
At the time of writing, the first reviews are coming in and they’ve been really positive. Yay! Writers will tell you they always worry about reviews, even when (as in this case) we know we’ve put together something special.