“ Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy / Author: Christina Engela / Kindle Edition „
Space Sux is a collection of five short stories from transgendered sci-fi author, Christina Engela based in the same universe in which she writes the majority of her fiction. Each of the stories is a sheer delight and is just as punchy, humourous and edgy as anything else she has written!
This collection begins with The Devils In The Sky in which a rather unfortunately bored space Captain on a routine patrol stumbles across an alien craft headed in their direction. All attempts to hail the craft fall on deaf ears until it quickly becomes all too apparent of their intentions! This leads into one of the Captain's worst days ever. And there's nowhere for him to go......
A Really Bad Day In The Life Of Corporal Lance Obivion continues on a similar theme with a tale all about a young Officer patrolling a busy Space Port when it comes under terrorist attack. This is a much more fun story with a cracking punch-line that comes right at the end quite literally out of nowhere. Once again, Engela demonstrates her skill at manipulating both the story and her readers with this clever tale.
Beyond takes a more serious tact with its tale of the first Captain ever to travel at LightSpeed. As a woman, Captain Lisa Barnes has arrived at the pinnacle of her career; every moment until now has been leading towards this. So when Star Fleet High Command request her to be replaced, it takes a devastating effect. The reason for this decision? Barnes used to be a man, a female who felt trapped in a masculine, testosterone-fuelled body, and Star Fleet are worried about the repercussions of this information getting out!
This is an important story in that it raises awareness of Transgender prejudice and shows just how such peoples can be treated even now in todays supposedly civilised society. I really like this story and respect Christina's bold choice to champion something she obviously feels strongly about in the medium of her fiction! Even without the knowledge that Christina is herself TG, this is a powerful tale with a strong and heartfelt message!
Innocent Minds is something different in which it parodies Christina's attempts to pen a childrens story and the end results when she shows her efforts to her publisher! This is all just a bit of fun but still manages to bring something to the table.
Finally I, Mac is the concluding story in this collection and is your run-of-the-mill crime thriller short set somewhere out in space. It is okay but certainly the most average of the stories here and hence a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed this the least but it was still okay in a quirky, different kind of way.
Overall, this is a nice little anthology of Christina Engela's short fiction and a great introduction to this author who so obviously gets a lot out of her writing! If you want to download a copy, it is still free from Obooko.com along with her other titles and is certainly worth a quick read!