Eco-Fiction

“Natural Selection A Collection of Short Stories”, April 1, 2013
A man uses cyber-eavesdropping to make love. A technocratic government uses gifted people as tools to recast humanity. The ruins of a city serve as battleground between pro-technologists and pro-naturalists. From time-space guardians to cybersex, GMO, and biotech implants, this short story collection is a journey of great scope, imagination and vision.

“...A stunning example of good storytelling with an excellent setting and cast of characters.”–TANGENT ONLINE

Nina Munteanu is a gifted writer. Each story surprises and delights.”–ALLAN STANLEIGH, author of The Caretakers

Written with flare and a conscience. I’ve decided I really like the short story collection format. It’s like unwrapping a new gift every day! Natural Selection is a collection of imaginative science fiction stories written with flare and a conscience. Munteanu shines a light on human evolution and how the choices we do or don’t make today, may impact our planet and future generations. The science is fascinating and so are these nine short stories. The fact that Munteanu is able to explain these complex concepts through her characters in a short-story format is a testament to her skill as a writer.”–JP MCLEAN, author of The Gift Legacy

Like Larry Niven’s Tales of Known Space, many of the stories in this collection involve the same universe. Nina’s stories tease you, though, I want to know more about this universe of hers. My goodness, but she can write. I just love her writing, her characterizations, her ability to draw you in and leave you wanting more. A beautiful writer. I highly recommend anything she writes. By the way, she writes books on how to write fiction – those are also are well written.”–D. MERCHANT, English Instructor, Louisiana Tech University

I write SF about a near future ‘Gaian’ world too, and at times felt I was reading a prequel to my own novels, but that’s not why I rated this collection so highly. I did so for two reasons. First, because the science was so interesting, combining visionary metaphysical speculation with AI corporate tech in scenarios that often seemed chillingly possible. Second, because of the author’s focus on the effects of these developments on human beings with complex pasts and desires. Jealousy, lust, loneliness, grief and love are all drivers of these taut and fascinating narratives. My only quibble is that sometimes the dialogue is used a little too much to explain the characters’ identities – I wondered if this was a consequence of not having enough space to let the worldbuilding unfold, and will have to read Munteanu’s novels next to see how she works on a larger canvas.”–SevenSisters007, UK author