"Because this is where the action is, honey- the energy. The oilsands. The blood of Tiamat – the great cosmic dragon herself- in the very soil. Here's where we come through." - From Strange Attractor, by Kevin Cockle
Fire, with its power to warm, transform or destroy, has long been a source of inspiration for writers of many genres. This short story collection, edited by Canadian writer Rhonda Parrish (editor of several previous anthologies including Corvidae and A is for Apocalypse), brings together twenty-one unique speculative fiction tales by various authors, all connected somehow to the theme of fire. While they all stick to that shared theme there is a lot of variety, in both subject and tone. As with any anthology, some stories were better, or more to my personal taste than others, but overall it is a solid collection. Some of my favourites included:
Strange Attractor by Kevin Cockle, the story of a young female truck driver with a secret, who is hired to transport mysterious cargo, 'no questions asked'. This one would make a terrific urban fantasy series.
The Djinni and the Accountant by Hal J. Friesen