This is a solid ten collection anthology by seven
individuals (Daniel Conover, Carl Frederick, and James
Maxey submitted two tales each) who have won Phobos Fiction
contests and considered by editor Keith Olexa as some of
the future breed of superstars. The tales range the gamut
of science fiction from Justin Stanchfield's terraforming
deep space to earthly satire and all points in between as
the only "Meeting of the Minds (besides Gerald Gross'
contribution) is that this is an outstanding compilation.
The formats also differ from a series of correspondence
(Rebecca Carmi's "Letters to a Sister"), Matthew Rotundo's
extreme sports "exposé", all the way to a humorous biting
tale by Mr. Maxey focusing on a fetish for the latest
cosmetic fad Skintex. Any anthology that has aliens
arriving for a KISS concert is an indication of the solar
and earthly lunacy of this absolutely brilliant short story
compilation worth reading just to "Guess Who's Coming to
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 14, 2004
Absolutely Brilliant in Chrome features 10 new short stories and novellas by seven previous winners of the 1st and 2nd Annual Phobos Fiction Contests. If you marveled at the new worlds introduced in the anthologies Hitting the Skids in Pixeltown and Empire of Dreams and Miracles, wait until you see what fresh ideas these magnificent seven storytellers spin. After reading these stories, you’ll understand why all these authors were originally singled out as important new voices by such SF giants as Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Catherine Asaro, Doug Chiang, Jim Shooter, Vincent Di Fate, and Dave McDonnell.