While it is not uncommon for a collection of short stories to feature a variety of plots and themes, St. Louis author Mark W Tiedemann has taken it to another level with his latest book, Gravity Box and Other Spaces. Probably best known for his trilogy of novels that take place in Isaac Asimov’s Robot Universe, has published over fifty short stories since he began his literary career over twenty years ago.
Gravity Box and Other Spaces is comprised of eleven science fiction and fantasy stories that invites the reader to explore a variety of new worlds that take place in both the past and the future. One of Tidedmann’s strengths has always been his ability to create fascinating worlds and complex characters and this book is no exception.
The themes of these stories vary as much as the characters, with issues ranging from self-exploration to the importance of human connection and the meaning of different types of relationships. While these themes are present in a number of other stories in the genre, it never feels forced or cliché, largely due to Tiedemann’s excellent writing.
One of the most fascinating things about this collection is how Tiedemann is able to create such well-rounded characters in such a short amount of time. The stories are fairly short, some being only thirty pages, but the stories never seemed rushed and the characters are never flat.
This thought provoking book is recommended for both fans of Tiedemamm's previous work and the science fiction genre.