“These stories are events that my brain somehow tapped into and captured in detail. Let me know if your unconscious mind visited the same universes as mine.”
Time Crawlers: Stories From A Parallel Universe is a collection of six short science fiction stories. The stories do not lack action, advanced technology, or mythology but are a little choppy if you are not used to reading hard science fiction. I am not a hardcore science fiction reader but still found Time Crawlers to be a great read.
You will be thrown into different events that pose a similar question: Does technology take away our moral/ethical reasoning? Sayal pushes the boundaries of the genre with his ability to weave mythology with science fiction. At first, I was not sold. But by the end of the first story, Narka-Astra, The Hell Weapon, I had to know what the other stories were about. Sayal does a great job of getting right to the point. With each story, you jump into a world and get a peek into the life there..sometimes you want more, and sometimes you’ve had just enough.
I do feel the need to warn the reader. These stories have darker undertones that may be unsettling and or triggering to the reader (mental illness, mass death, bio-weapons, death, war). Personally was not disturbed by the content, Time Crawlers was a refreshing break from what I have been reading recently.
1. Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon
2. Death by Crowd
4. Time Crawlers
6. The Cave
Overall, I was pleased with each story. I have to admit, I did almost stop reading during the first one because of the zombie themes. Zombies are my biggest fear and one of the few reasons I will stop reading a book, but I pushed through baring my teeth at the gory details. My favorite story was Genie. It was an interesting twist on the Djinn/Genie myth. I cannot rave enough about my love and appreciation for the blend of mythology and science fiction, I recommend you check out Time Crawlers for that alone.
If you are looking for a quick read or something to thumb through grab a copy of Time Crawlers. While I do highly recommend you check out this collection of short stories, I did struggle with some of the “hard science fiction” and accepting how the worlds functioned. That is a personal complaint and may not be true to every reader. If you enjoy science fiction/hard science fiction definitely give Time crawlers a read.