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Review of Lost in the Archives by E. Saxey

Lost in the Archives by E. Saxey (Lethe Press, 2022) is a collection of the author’s short stories, many of which have been previously published. The stories include several in historic settings with speculative elements, as well as modern and future settings, all rendered with exquisite characterization and inventive plot elements.

Some of the stories I really enjoyed in this collection included “Not Smart, Not Clever,” in which a young woman who is absolutely both of those things games a system that has evolved to enforce rigid academic honesty in a world still rife with dishonesty. I also enjoyed the shorter piece, “Sunslick,” in which even solar power can cause problems when humans get greedy about what they want from the sun. Finally, “Red Kite Kindred” was a heart-wrenching story about people linking themselves to animals and the consequences that followed, with a setting that felt faintly historical without being about big events.

If you enjoy stories that run the gamut from historical to modern to futuristic, but that all share imaginative ideas and characters you will adore or love to hate, check out Lost in the Archives, available directly from Lethe Press.

The author provided me a copy of this book for review consideration.

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