"Wonderful Collection of SF/F short stories by a talented author"
A Creative Edge is a marvelous collection of sixteen short
stories by author Steven Lazarowitz. Although some of the
stories are apparently sci-fi/fantasy from the get-go, many
appear to be traditional contemporary or even historical
tales until the twist that is generally filled with irony
and perhaps even a lesson to be learned. Indeed the
characters often learn something about themselves, the
reader about human nature. By story's end the reader will
be filled with wonder and amazement at the turn that the
tale has taken. Characters range from a newborn child, to
an empathic tree, from a no-talent writer to a spoiled
young wizard, sea-dwelling aliens and game-playing spirits.
Though the title of the collection is taken from the
introductory story it could very easily apply itself to the
author of these wonderful tales.
The tales run the gamut of human foibles, testing faith and
perception, uncovering courage, greed, and obsession.
Titles are as follows:
A Creative Edge: A no-talent sci-fi writer is gifted with
an idea machine; a tale of greed.
The Tree: An alien tree is transplanted to the biosphere of
a galactic collector. What does the tree learn?
So Many Differences: Space adventure to a planet of shape-
shifters. How well do you know your friends?
A Matter of Faith: With life support running out and no
options, can a non-believing space traveler learn a lesson
from the celebration of Chanukah.
Role-playing: This one will appeal to those who enjoy games
such as Dungeons and Dragons.
As Luck Would Have It: A young man learns to look beyond
Music To My Ears: An ironic tale of obsession. Be careful
what you wish for!
A Star is Born: All the world is a stage, an experienced
actor makes a stunning "debut".
Virtual Confusion: A new virtual game affords the player
the opportunity to live the life of another, but how can he
be sure which life is real? This story has an unexpected
Birthright: To thine own self be true. A courageous young
man knows where his value lies.
A Breath of Fresh Air: Proof that no matter the limits put
on a body, the mind knows no boundaries.
Sea Trap: Adventurer seeking to explore the mysteries of
Earth's last horizon discovers more than he bargained for.
Flame Angel: A daughter learns that her hero is very human
and perhaps loves him even more.
Born of Darkness: A very dark tale, in which a young wizard
learns a very hard lesson.
The Adventures of Alaric Swifthand: Do you believe in
destiny or does something else entirely control your fate?
This tale was written in serial form with lots of plot
twists and a surprise ending. Excellent.
Necklace of N'larikan: A lesson in humility.
Copyright © 2000
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted August 21, 2002