Blurb: Meet the eternal predator that humanity never ceases to find both fascinating and terrifying. Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead moves this creature beyond 2012, through this century and into the next. We humans will evolve, but so will they! Whatever apocalyptic events that lie ahead for our species, for the planet, vampires will be there too, helping or hindering, effecting or infecting us. Time is on their side, but it may not be on ours.
Featured authors include: Tanith Lee, Kelley Armstrong, John Shirley, Thomas Roche, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Heather Clitheroe, Erika Holt, Ivan Dorin, Michael Lorenson, Jason Ridler, David Beynon, Eileen Bell, Peter Sellers, Sandra Wickham, William Meikle, David Tocher, Leanne Tremblay, Ryan McFadden, Steve Vernon, Bev Vincent, Anne Mok, and Sandra Kasturi.
I liked the majority of the stories in this antho. A few I passed over because I sensed they were too dark, because that's just not my kind of read. Divided into three themes of Pre-Apocalypse, Post-Apocalypse, and New World Order, the antho features humans fighting against vampires, oppressed vamps, kind vamps, vicious vamps, blood, guts, life, death, pain, and joy —it's all packed into this stunningly well-written collection.
Tanith Lee's "Beyond The Sun" is a beautiful dream of vampires in space. Eileen Bell's "V-Link" is about networked vampires fighting for control, and well worth paging through to read first. For an intriguing look at jury duty in the world of vampires, check Michael Lorenson's "Six Underground". Was she or wasn't she a vampire when murdered? And should it matter? "Toothless" by Peter Sellers, offers hard-boiled crime fiction, tracking stolen fangs for the ultimate high—sun. "Symbiosis" by David Brynan is a quiet tale of politeness and dispair. Many others will grab your by the throat and keep you turning the pages until you find you've come to the end. When is Evolve Three coming out? I think I'm addicted to these anthologies!
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