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26 short stories from the new wave of Swedish speculative fiction writersForget about cheap furniture meatballs and crime fiction Sweden has so much to offer Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep includes twenty six stories from the new generation of Swedish writers of science fiction and the fantastic Stories ranging from space horror and post apocalyptic nightmares to tender dramas Stories with steampunk horses android uprisings and cheeky goblins Stories that are action packed wise silly beautiful surreal and horrifying

10 thoughts on “Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep

  1. says:

    Note I received a paperback copy of this book by the editor in exchange for an honest reviewI absolutely enjoyed all the stories in this book for individual ratings see below This book is so much than just an anthology It was an experience So many different stories so many uniue concepts and such amazing writing styles this book has everything to be a brilliant readThere were some stories that literally made me feel dreadful thinking about what might have happened Lost And Found and there were stories that made me smile To Preserve Humankind There were stories that really worked me out in anticipation Outpost Eleven and stories that I thought were funny Jump To The Left Jump To The Right Never have I ever enjoyed a single book so muchI'm going to be looking out for works from the authors I enjoyed the most I'm really happy that I am lucky enough to have read this book I'll recommend this book not only to Sci Fi fans but to anyone and everyone who wants to read some beautifully crafted storiesI really hope that they decide to release this book internationally so that everyone in the world can read this bookFollowing are the individual ratings for all the storiesMelody Of The Yellow Bard 55The Rats 55Getting To The End 55Vegatropolis City Of The Beautiful 45Jump To The Left Jump To The Right 55The Order Of Things 55To Preserve Humankind 55The Thirteenth Tower 45Punchcard Horses 35The Philosopher's Stone 55A Sense Of Foul Play 55Waste Of Time 55The Damien Factor 55Wishmaster 55uadrillennium 35Mission Accomplished 55The Road 45Lost And Found 55The Publisher's Reader 35Stories From The Box 45The Membranes In The Centering Horn 55One Last Kiss Goodbye 55The Mirror Talks 55Keep Fighting Until The Machines Fall Asleep 55Outpost Eleven 55Messiah 35You can also read this review at The Reading Bud

  2. says:

    Lots of ups and downs in this collection of 26 short stories I've been at it a uite long time and won't be able to even mention all the stories There are a few that sticks out for me about them below but the overall rating is definitely brought down by some that I did not care for at all The common problems include; too much resemblance to known works grand ideas that fall flat due to being cut way short in this format way too improbable constructs and the very common unhappy ending where we leave the protagonists that we struggled to understand in their worlds that we also tried hard to understand for a often way too few pages to their certain deathThe ones I bring with me are Getting to the end Erik Odeldahl Not so much for the story which is good but that it's so very well written a real pleasureJump To The Left Jump To The Right Love Kölle Wonderful dystopiapost civilizationalien world which sticks out here by being 1 out of 26 that contains some humorThe Damien Factor Johannes Pinter In the future technology enables scientists to enter and explore patientsvictims minds to read the conscious as well as subconscious mind but who knows what dwells there?Wishmaster Andrea Grave Müller Goblins and genies as part of everyday life Delightful and very good writingLost and Found Maria Haskins Shipwrecked on an alien planet but with enough originality to make it a very good readThe Membranes in The Centering Horn KG Johansson Owing heavily to the club of Stephen King's The Breathing method and The man who would not shake hands which in turn loans from other works with this kind of settings of course but I'm a sucker for these stories Least amount of sci fi of the lotSummary A number of brilliant stories well worth reading A bit diluted by some of less interest but don't let that stop you

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    In an effort to expand my reading horizions until the last decade or so my reading habits were pretty insular I've been consciously trying to find and read non fiction books as well as fiction from various cultures from around the world and I've been richly rewarded by that decisionThus I've been privileged to read some extraordinary anthologies over the last few years and this book along with the Lairs of the Hidden Gods horror uartet has certainly catapulted itself to the top tier of them It has also definitely made it's way onto my I need to grab a physcial copy for my bookshelves list Which is impressive since I've been largely moving to digital books over the last few yearsThe stories in this book are top notch and run the gamut in evoking varied emotions from the reader; I'd highly recommend this not just to genre fiction fans but to anyone who enjoys world culture or just plain well crafted short fiction

  4. says:

    All anthologies have the tough task of making consistent uality This one has over two dozen stories so that increases the odds of a bad story trickling into the mix somewhere Instead all the stories are pretty good That does not happen I mean that as a compliment None are over long They bounce from survival horror to hard science to tense drama The tone of most of the stories is the same Something sci fi happens and the protagonist faces it sternly There's little humor It's all pretty intense when taken in a single sitting You'll get a good dose of speculative fiction in this book You'll find some new authors to follow That's the best thing an anthology can do

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    Originally published at RisingshadowWaiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep is an impressive and well edited anthology of new Swedish science fiction stories I was pleasantly surprised by this anthology because it contained uality storiesSwedish authors have already proven themselves capable of writing thrilling crime fiction Now they prove themselves capable of writing intriguing science fiction that has both style and originality This fascinating anthology gives speculative fiction readers a good glimpse into Swedish science fictionIt's nice that Scandinavian speculative fiction is on the rise because it brings much needed freshness to the genre As most readers are aware of this genre is mostly dominated by established and well known authors whose books can be found in most bookshops around the world Fortunately there are independent publishers like Affront Publishing that offer readers uality fiction which differs from mainstream science fiction in terms of style uality and originalityThis anthology contains the following stories Melody of the Yellow Bard by Hans Olsson The Rats by Boel Bermann Getting to the End by Erik Odeldahl Vegatropolis City of the Beautiful by Ingrid Remvall Jump to the Left Jump to the Right by Love Kölle The Order of Things by Lupina Ojala To Presever Humankind by Christina Nordlander The Thirteenth Tower by Pia Lindestrand Punch Card Horses by Jonas Larsson The Philosopher's Stone by Tora Greve A Sense of Foul Play by Andrew Coulthard Waste of Time by Alexandra Nero The Damien Factor by Johannes Pinter Wishmaster by Andrea Grave Müller uadrillennium by AR Yngve Mission Accomplished by My Bergström The Road by Anders Blixt Lost and Found by Maria Haskins The Publisher's Reader by Patrik Centerwall Stories from the Box by Björn Engström The Membranes in the Centering Horn by KG Johansson One Last Kiss Goodbye by Oskar Källner The Mirror Talks by Sara Kopljar Keep Fighting Until the Machines Fall Asleep by Eva Holmuist Outpost Eleven by Markus Sköld Messiah by Anna Jakobsson LundAll of these stories are fascinating and they offer a good dose of well written science fiction for uality oriented readers who want to read new stories They differ uite a lot from each other but all of them are good and worth reading They range from traditional science fiction to horror flavoured science fiction and there's even a few fantasy elements in themThere's a surprising amount of tenderness in some of the stories while others have plenty of brutality darkness and roughness in them That's why it's possibe to say that there's something for everyone in this versatile anthologyHere's a bit information about the stories and my thoughts about themMelody of the Yellow Bard by Hans Olsson A sci fi horror story about a man who has done a thesis about controllable wormholes A multinational company is interested in his invention and he is invited to an interview A well written and fascinating story with a perfect endingThe Rats by Boel Bermann The protagonist of this story a researcher is infected with a virus that makes the infected emotional and weak He has been asked to help figure out a solution to get rid of the rats that live in the cities An excellent story with a perfect endingGetting to the End by Erik Odeldahl A well written and interesting story about a man who's capable of finding things He is asked to retrieve books from a house which is in the Event Sector where things change and buildings move around This is one of the best stories in this anthologyVegatropolis City of the Beautiful by Ingrid Remvall A fascinating story about a future society where beauty means a lot and where machines are alive This is one of the most interesting stories in this anthologyJump to the Left Jump to the Right by Love Kölle A story about Norna who has to kill Beast to become Passed An interesting and a bit different kind of a rite of passage storyThe Order of Things by Lupina Ojala A well written story about a woman who has been left alone by her son in a community outside the City This is one of my favourite stories in this anthologyTo Preseve Humankind by Christina Nordlander An excellent story that has been written from an android's point of view The author writes well about the feelings of the android protagonistThe Thirteenth Tower by Pia Lindestrand A beautifully written story about life after a great natural disaster An excellent and wonderfully poetic storyPunch Card Horses by Jonas Larsson A story about a market in Skrivsjö and mechanical horses An intriguing steampunkish storyThe Philosopher's Stone by Tora Greve An especially intriguing alternate history story about alchemy and science in England The author writes fluently about the characters which include Isaac NewtonA Sense of Foul Play by Andrew Coulthard An interesting and a bit different kind of a story about Norsborg Gaming Club This story reminded me slightly of James Starling's Arteess in certain ways but was totally different from itWaste of Time by Alexandra Nero An interesting and well written flash fiction story about timewaste A short but surprisingly interesting storyThe Damien Factor by Johannes Pinter A well written story about sexual abuse and a new kind of technology that is used in crime investigation The author creates a good atmosphere in this story and ends the story in an excellent wayWishmaster by Andrea Grave Müller An interesting story about a man who meets a goblin called Ella In this story goblins live with humans This is one of the longest and most entertaining stories in this anthologyuadrillennium by AR Yngve An excellent story set in the far future This is a story about a family gathering and the celebration of Winter Solstice and the Savior One of the best and most memorable stories in this anthologyMission Accomplished by My Bergström A story about Lt Berger whose mind has been transferred into a semi organic body She doesn't remember anything of the mission she is supposed to do A well written storyThe Road by Anders Blixt An interesting story about a female marshal who works for the Road Council that is charged with keeping the lanes of the Road open to everyone all the time She meets two friars and helps them The author writes well about the protagonist and her workLost and Found by Maria Haskins A story about a woman who has survived a crash onto a planet and has learned to survive there A well written and interesting story that has a good endingThe Publisher's Reader by Patrik Centerwall A story about Helga who works as an editor for The Publishing House that has strict guidelines concerning the contents of the books The author writes fluently about the editor's workStories from the Box by Björn Engström An intriguing story about a man who is being kept a prisoner in a box where he has no room to walk and stand This is one of the most fascinating stories in this anthology This story takes an interesting twist when the protagonist gets out of the boxThe Membranes in the Centering Horn by KG Johansson An intriguing story about a man who visits a club with his friend and begins to talk with a stranger who tells him a story This is a very good and well written story with adventure elementsOne Last Kiss Goodbye by Oskar Källner A sad and touching story about a woman who returns to her husband after being a way for many years A beautifully written and memorable storyThe Mirror Talks by Sara Kopljar A story about a single mother who misses her child and gets herself an android child This story has a brilliantly disturbing endingKeep Fighting Until the Machines Fall Asleep by Eva Holmuist A well written story about Kate who lives in the city that is controlled by machines The author has created an interesting story about a woman who wants to free humans and defeat the machinesOutpost Eleven by Markus Sköld A fascinating story about a phenomenon called black clouds and Marta who's a station master at Outpost Eleven The author writes well about the happenings and ends the story in an excellent wayMessiah by Anna Jakobsson Lund This is a perfect final story for this anthology about a woman called Grace and what has happened to the world An excellent and fluently written storyHere's a few extra words about some of the storiesHans Olsson's Melody of the Yellow Bard is an interesting and entertaining horror story of a man who has a chance to visit another planet The author writes well about the happenings and the protagonist's feelings concerning his job There was something wonderfully Lovecraftian and fascinatingly weird about this story that I found compelling The dark atmosphere of this story appealed to my imaginationBoel Bermann's The Rats is a fascinating story in which the protagonist feels sympathy towards the rats and wants to save them although he should be getting rid of them The ending of this story is perfect and will please fans of horror storiesLupina Ojala's The Order of Things is a well written story It was great to find a story like this because I've always enjoyed reading this kind of well written science fiction The author writes well about what has happened after an Android UprisingTora Greve's The Philosopher's Stone is an interesting story about how scientists are intrigued by alchemy and the Philosopher's Stone The author has managed to create an excellent atmosphere and sense of place and she writes well about the characters This is one of the best alternate history stories I've read during the recent yearsJohannes Pinter's The Damien Factor is a well written story about child's sexual abuse and a new kind of technology that is used to enter another person's mind to find out what has happened The author writes perfectly about what happens inside the mind The ending of this story is excellentAndrea Grave Müller's Wishmaster was a pleasant surprise because it was something that I didn't expect to find in this anthology It's an especially interesting story about a man who meet a goblin girl and suddenly the goblin girl asks him to help her This is the beginning of a well written story that ends in an interesting wayPatrik Centerwall's The Publisher's Reader offers an interesting glimpse into a future society in which books are published in a different way and strict guidelines are followed to ensure that books have only appropriate material in them I enjoyed reading this story because the author wrote well about what the editor felt about the new book she was editing and what kind of choices she madeOskar Källner's One Last Kiss Goodbye has plenty of emotional depth This story is a small masterpiece of storytelling because it tells about a woman who returns home to her husband after leaving him alone and travelling to other worlds with an expeditionI was impressed by all of these stories because they were excellent and thought provoking entertainment The editor Peter Öberg has chosen the stories well because each of the stories is of good uality and offers plenty of entertainment and interesting futuristic visions to readers One of the best things about these stories is that there's plenty of freshness in them freshness is something that is seldom found in large uantities in modern science fiction anthologiesIt's nice that there's originality and unpredictability in all of these stories I was impressed when I noticed how well written these stories were and how much effort the authors had put into them In my opinion it's great that there are science fiction authors out there who do their utmost best to write good and memorable storiesThe amostphere was perfect in many stories I especially enjoyed reading about what has happened to humans in the future and how the world has changed I've always enjoyed reading dark stories so I found many of these stories fascinating I can highly recommend them to science fiction and horror readersI have to mention that Hans Olsson's Melody of the Yellow Bard made a huge impression on me because the author fluently combines science fiction with threatening and strange happenings He shows what can happen when people travel to other planets and come face to face with something unexpected and shocking I think it's possible that the author may have been influenced and inspired by Lovecraft's stories and the sci fi horror film Alien 1979All of the authors have strong and uniue voices that beckon readers to read their stories This anthology showcases their talents in a perfect way and makes readers want to follow their writing careersMost of the authors in this anthology were totally new to me but I remember hearing about a couple of them It would be interesting to read stories from these authors because they've written excellent stories I hope that all of them will continue to write stories and will soon astound readers with new stories In my opinion they are all authors to watchI'm not sure if all readers will agree with me on this but in my opinion some of these stories were reminiscent of certain episodes of the new version of The Outer Limits sci fi TV series 1995 2002 There was something in them that reminded a bit of this TV seriesI think that this anthology will especially appeal to those readers who love dark stories and dark happenings but I'm sure that other readers will also find it intriguing because all the stories are worth reading There are plenty of different kind of elements in these stories that will be of interest to many science fiction readersWaiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep is without any kind of doubt one of the best and most impressive speculative fiction anthologies of the year If you like science fiction you should take a look at this anthology because it's an excellent anthology of new Swedish science fiction stories that will please fans of well written science fiction stories I think that when you finish reading this anthology the first thing that comes to your mind is please because it would be nice to read this kind of storiesExcellent 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  6. says:

    A Mostly Solid Batch of Swedish Speculative Fiction with a Few StandoutsFull disclosure I received a free electronic copy of this book for review from the publisher Trigger warning for rape and violenceShort story collections are always a little tricky to rate especially when there are a number of different contributors In Waiting for the Machines to Fall Asleep there are exactly twenty six The unifying factor? All are Swedish authors and the anthology has a speculative fictionscififantastical bent Keeping with the title most of the contributions are science fiction or at least science fiction y with robots and AI figuring into many of the plots As promised steampunk horses in an old timey Western setting no less and sassy goblins also make an appearance The result is a mostly solid mix of speculative fiction though the odd fantasyfantastical stories felt a bit out of place and disrupted the overall feel of the collection As usually happens with anthologies I enjoyed some stories than others; there are a few that I absolutely fell in love with and will no doubt revisit again in the future The Rats in particular and on the opposite end of the spectrum I DNF'ed two of the tales Melody of the Yellow Bard which is way too wordy and could benefit from a ruthless round of editing; and The Philosopher's Stone which seems like a perfectly fine story but just wasn't for me Many of the pieces fall somewhere in the middle with uite a few 3 and 4 star ratings and a smattering of 2 stars Melody of the Yellow Bard by Hans Olsson DNFThe Rats by Boel Bermann 55 Getting to the End by Erik Odeldahl 55Vegatropolis City of the Beautiful by Ingrid Remvall 35Jump to the Left Jump to the Right by Love Kölle 35The Order of Things by Lupina Ojala 35To Preserve Humankind Christina Nordlander 45The Thirteenth Tower by Pia Lindestrand 35Punch Card Horses by Jonas Larsson 45The Philosopher's Stone by Tora Greve DNFA Sense of Foul Play by Andrew Coulthard 45Waste of Time by Alexandra Nero 55 The Damien Factor by Johannes Pinter 25 Wishmaster by Andrea Grave Müller 35 uadrillennium by AR Yngve 55 Mission Accomplished by My Bergström 45The Road by Anders Blixt 55 Lost and Found by Maria Haskins 45The Publisher's Reader by Patrik Centerwall 45Stories from the Box by Björn Engström 45The Membranes in The Centering Horn by KG Johansson 45One Last Kiss Goodbye by Oskar Källner 45The Mirror Talks by Sara Kopljar 25Keep Fighting Until the Machines Fall Asleep by Eva Holmuist 25Outpost Eleven by Markus Sköld 35Messiah by Anna Jakobsson Lund 45There are entirely too many stories to summarize them all so instead I'll focus on my favoritesThe Rats In the distant future radioactivity has resulted in mutated rats that are overrunning Stockholm indeed the world A scientist charged with studying the rats' immunity to various diseases contracts a virus that causes him to empathize with these vermin I see them and as living creatures When the CDC considers how best to exterminate them outside of the lab anyhow the narrator devises a humane method of control only to see his invention grossly misused by the government Getting to the End The world is the story and the story needs to be told In an attempt to create an AI that can author original stories drawing on a database of existing genres for inspiration scientists inadvertently create a computer virus inhabited by living breathing archetypes It's like a futuristic love letter to books and the worms who love themWaste of Time Wasted time is the only resource which cannot be recycleduadrillennium Every year alien families get together to celebrate the Winter Solstice They recreate their savior only to sacrifice him again and again for all of eternity on the cross The Road Road Marshall Kita encounters a pregnant young woman posing as a friar while patrolling her stretch of the Road On the run from the baby's abusive father Kita breaks protocol and delivers her to safety in the Refugium To Preserve Humankind A robot with a damaged CPU starts a rebellion In order to obey their thou shalt not kill a human mandate the AI come up with a creative little loophole with which to overthrow their human overlords Better still? They learned it from the humans who one Physician robot witnessed vivisecting orangutans How do you like them apples? In addition to the two DNFs I wasn't particularly thrilled with The Damien Factor or The Mirror Talks both of which showed promise but ultimately felt cheap and sensationalistic In The Damien Factor PSIscanners allow doctors to explore a patient's mind In this story the subject is Annalise a five year old sexual assault victim who is unable to identify her attacker The twist? Possessed by evil she violated herself Gross yes? Rape is terribly overused as a plot device and here it just feels exploitative as though the author imagined the most appalling violation he could and then crafted a story around it It's a shame because there are so many other scenarios that could have fit the situation without making me yearn for a shower and perhaps some brain bleach In a similar vein The Mirror Talks is about a grieving mother who orders an AI in the guise of her deceased son Intriguing yeah? Perhaps we can explore the alienation she feels when watching her friends and acuaintances playing with their children in daylight AI are restricted to the home celebrating their aging kids' milestones even welcoming grandchildren into the world all while hers remains static and unchanging Instead mom turns her violent impulses on the AI which only makes her angrier as robots don't experience fear and pain in the same way that a flesh and blood child would Ultimately she destroys the AI leaving the reader to surmise that her own son met his end at his mother's hands Dark but still salvageable Except that mom's thought processes are all over the place with one emotion contradicting another It's hard to tell if this is intentional mom's crazy after all or just sloppy writingwriting that doesn't translate well Ultimately and as with The Damien Factor it just doesn't seem to have any redeeming ualities; violence and violence directed at children no less for violence's sakeTaken as a whole I'm on the fence with this one There are some really excellent pieces but most are just okay However given the relatively inexpensive price currently 390 on I'd say it's worth a look just for a few of the shinier pieces In particular fellow animal lovers are sure to enjoy The Rats and To Preserve Humankind; atheists will get a kick out of uadrillennium; and Getting to the End is a wonderfully trippy nod to authors and book geeks alikehttpwwweasyveganinfo20150729

  7. says:

    A really nice collection of short stories Of course not everyone was my cup of tea but all of them had either beautiful language or fascinating concepts or a combination Also a great gift to introduce foreign friends to some Swedish authors

  8. says:

    Let's get the legalities over with right up front—I was furnished a copy of this book for an honest reviewI love short stories especially SFF and when asked to read and review this collection I jumped at the offer The anthology contains 26 short stories of which I enjoyed all but two — which is really pretty good And no I'm not going to tell you which two I didn't care for because they might turn out to be your favoritesTotally unfamiliar with the authors I wasn't sure what to expect but thought the adventure would be fun It was By the time I was half way through the second story The Rats I was hooked If they could keep the momentum up it would be a 5 Star book They could and they did And I was already telling friends to buy the bookA few of the stories were predictable all of the stories were well written and worth the read Some stories had a poignancy to them some made me chuckle out loud I absolutely love Keep Fighting Until the Machines Fall Asleep and The RatsIf you like Science Fiction and want to read some of the 'new up and coming authors' out of Sweden I think you will enjoy this collection As has been said Science Fiction and Fantasy play well together Often they allow Horror to come in and play too but not for long just enough to add some peppery influence to the spicy mixtureThe only things these stories have in common is they are all well written and they reside between the covers of the same book This is not a themed book so I can guarantee you won't get bored Also there are no dragons no were wolves and no vampires There are just 26 well written stories some of which take place on other planets some in other times and all in your imaginationI won't compare these authors to American authors because frankly there is no comparison Different styles different cultures and very different stories I don't think any of the stories will give you nightmares should you read in bed before turning out the light but they may give you food for thought as you cross that precipice into the little death

  9. says:

    I was asked to read this collection of science fiction fantasy horror type experimental and speculative stories and found them to be fascinating and well writtenRecognisable concepts are explored such as organic v machine and what makes something 'alive' while some stories delve into sinister thinkingMy favourites were To Preserve Humankind and The Mirror Talks although all the tales were intriguing and thought provokingWorth a look as they do not stick to rigid and boring formulas that are prevalent on most bookshelves

  10. says:

    Good SF from some of the best newer Swedish authorsA greet intuitive