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The Quantum Soul

What do you get when you ask science fiction authors to write short stories that answer the question, “What is life?”

Victor Acquista, in Soul Mates, wonders if adding back what a dying person loses will reanimate the corpse.
In New Year, GD Deckard wants to know where are we when we’re not alive?

Claire Buss, in Patient Data, explores what might happen if medical robots know a patient is alive or dead only after the fact. CB Droege imagines what freed ‘bots do, once freed, in The Dream Miner’s Drill. In Rob Edwards, Shepherd of Memory, an Alien encounter changes a man but he can’t remember in what way he is now different. Darran Handshaw’s engineer finds a girl in an Ancient pod in The Machine in the Mountain. If you assume all intelligent life forms are animal, Brent A. Harris’ The Trees of Trappist will delight you. For that matter, “Are we alive or are we the A.I.?” is the question in Greg Krojac’s Pixels. And when we do meet an alien intelligence, linguistics just might be the most crucial skill we have, as it is in Leo McBride, Second Contact.

Learn what an autobot might think about in his dying moments in Jeanette O’Hagan, Project Chameleon. Probe other’s dreams in Lyra Shanti’s The Endymion Device. Enjoy ways strange can be wondrous in E.M. Swifthook’s Wondrous Strange.

Cindy Tomamichel has Sci-Fi fun When Words Are Not Enough. “Are created people, people?” may be answered by Ricardo Victoria in What Measure is a Homunculus? And why not create a “people” to travel the light years through space for us, as Jim Webster does in Aether Technician.

What do you get when you ask science fiction authors to write short stories that answer the question, “What is life?”
You get the SciFi Roundtable’s Anthology, The Quantum Soul.

Released today on Amazon.


20 thoughts on “The Quantum Soul

  1. Nice looking book, GD! Great cover and intriguing story synopses. I note you contributed a tale of your very own to this soon-to-be-renowned, critically lauded tome.


    Also: I see Victor Acquista has contributed a tale as well. I suspect we will be seeing more of that name . . .

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  2. victoracquista says:

    Actually, it was only a short story. I have done some reading lately that suggested publishing a short story as a stand alone appealed to a market segment. It makes sense, but I don’t know if it will make cents. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Publishing or self-publishing a short story? There’s quite a difference, as I can ruefully attest. Masochist and/or perennially self-deluded struggling scritch-scribbler that I am, I keep submitting to the handful of genre short-story markets out there that still (grudgingly) accept unagented submissions only to hit the wall of rejection again and again. It’s been close to 10 years since I had a short story accepted for publication. (Insert wry crack about my talent–or rather, appalling lack thereof–here.)

      Now, I could go the self-publishing route, to be sure. And I certainly don’t mean to disparage or denigrate anyone who chooses to do so. But for me, there’s still something to be said for editorial recognition and the validation that comes from being published in a circulating periodical or anthology.

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      • GD Deckard says:

        Actually, Carl, I fail to see what most publishers today do to earn your royalties. We writers can publish. After that, it’s the marketing that counts. Few publishers do that for unknown authors. (The Quantum Soul anthology is a rare exception. )

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      • Perry Palin says:

        Writing for short story markets? Well, I write short fiction for The New Yorker. Of course The New Yorker has never accepted anything I’ve sent them, an old joke, and not one of mine.
        I’ve submitted to regional print journals and had stories published. Sometimes i get a couple copies of the journal and another line in my list of credits, and sometimes I get $50-$100.
        I’ll be interested to hear if Victor’s self publishing of a short story makes cents. It will if his readers buy reading material online. My target audience, old white guys who want coming-of-age stories from someone who knows stuff about the outdoors, that audience doesn’t know how to turn on a computer, or if they know, they don’t do it anyway.

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  3. And while we’re at it:

    Feel free not to “thumbs-up” my comments. I’ve thrown in with others on the internet who have rejected this insidious narcotizing rush of cheap euphoria when on the receiving end (“You like me; you really like me!” –Sally Fields) and meaningless finger-twitching when on the giving end. (“Let’s see now, I’ve thumbs-upped four comments under this blog post so I better thumbs-up comments five and six as well, else risk incurring the wrath and resentment of those posters.”)

    Without noticing we’ve all been turned into greedy, needy, cheap validation whores! Or disingenuous, easily-manipulated-and-manipulating shills for mediocrity.

    If I am moved enough by a comment to leave a response, THAT is my “thumbs-up” to you. I owe you that sincere, complimentary investment of time and energy.

    On the other hand, if I don’t respond to a comment, please don’t draw any unwarranted conclusions there either. Perhaps I have nothing substantive, pertinent or interesting to add to what you’ve already said. Or perhaps I haven’t read that particular comment yet. Or perhaps I have, but am simply too exhausted to respond.

    I’m not asking anyone else to join me in taking the refrain-from-cheap-thumbs-up-or-thumbs-downing pledge; simply explaining my behavior and reasoning.

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  4. GD Deckard says:

    Epiphany! I just realized why I write: It’s to connect with like minds. You can tell, when they quote the key line back at you ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the first comment received on my short story, New Year, from the anthology, The Quantum Soul.

    Just downloaded and read New Year. Excellent, entertaining read and brilliant – food-for-thought! This my first reading of your work and now I want more. “I know where I am headed because I remember where I came from.”
    – MP Mace


    • GD Deckard says:

      Yes, you can.
      You may enjoy Victor Acquista’s story, Soul Mates; mine (of course) and Second Contact by Leo McBride – these are classic type sci-fi stories.
      If readers can be categorized by mind-set, that is, if you could consider comedy readers as those looking to be amused, or mystery story readers as those who enjoy figuring things out, then sci-fi readers are looking to be awed.


      • @GD: ” . . . sci-fi readers are looking to be awed.” I like that. I would add: ” . . . and/or have their consciousness expanded.” Also: I believe readers of–insert your preferred term here: science fiction, spec-fic, cosmic scritch-scribble–enjoy being challenged, provoked and shocked in a way readers of other genres are decidedly uncomfortable with.

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