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"IF" - the word itself has helped to turn science fiction into science fact; making the impossible become possible. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, "IF" boasts 36 creators coming together to tell 15 thrillingly original stories of time, space, technology, and other tales from beyond. "IF" - the word itself has helped to turn science fiction into science fact; making the impossible become possible. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, "IF" boasts 36 creators coming together to tell 15 thrillingly original stories of time, space, technology, and other tales from beyond.


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"IF" - the word itself has helped to turn science fiction into science fact; making the impossible become possible. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, "IF" boasts 36 creators coming together to tell 15 thrillingly original stories of time, space, technology, and other tales from beyond. "IF" - the word itself has helped to turn science fiction into science fact; making the impossible become possible. Celebrating a new theme with every annual release, "IF" boasts 36 creators coming together to tell 15 thrillingly original stories of time, space, technology, and other tales from beyond.

55 review for IF Anthology: Science Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I've heard about the IF Anthologies on Kickstarter with the 2016 edition and it sounded great, so I thought I'd start by reading the 2015 one. Well, this wasn't quite what I expected. If anything, it felt... cheap. I've got two surprises upon receiving the book to begin with. First the size, I hadn't notice that it wasn't the usual comics size but smaller. Then, that it was written "young adult" on the back. Which leads me to another surprise when reading it: some stories were cute at best, but l I've heard about the IF Anthologies on Kickstarter with the 2016 edition and it sounded great, so I thought I'd start by reading the 2015 one. Well, this wasn't quite what I expected. If anything, it felt... cheap. I've got two surprises upon receiving the book to begin with. First the size, I hadn't notice that it wasn't the usual comics size but smaller. Then, that it was written "young adult" on the back. Which leads me to another surprise when reading it: some stories were cute at best, but like a bit childish (Moon, Big Foot Little Hope, Showdown in Space). The line between sci-fi and fantasy is never really clear, but some of the stories were more fantasy to me than sci-fi (Big Foot Little Hope, The Initiation, or Ticket Home to some extent). The quality of the stories is quite unequal, from script to graphics. A couple looked really great, but some seemed to have been made in a rush. The very restricted number of pages for each story make some of them hard to understand as I believe they'd have been much better with development. Some look a bit muddled, while others are pretty clean. In any case, it's still an enjoyable reading I guess, but it just didn't live up to the high expectations I had from it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    This is not a particularly polished collection - the ISBN number on the back of the book is incorrect, for example. It's a speculative fiction collection that wanders widely in its interpretation of its topic - are stories about children playing with action figures really sci-fi? What about murderous piles of laundry? There are 15 stories here, and none of them are memorable. Alterna puts out a lot of compilations, and this is one of the lesser ones for overall quality. Moon I think is my favori This is not a particularly polished collection - the ISBN number on the back of the book is incorrect, for example. It's a speculative fiction collection that wanders widely in its interpretation of its topic - are stories about children playing with action figures really sci-fi? What about murderous piles of laundry? There are 15 stories here, and none of them are memorable. Alterna puts out a lot of compilations, and this is one of the lesser ones for overall quality. Moon I think is my favorite, just because it has a nice aesthetic. None of the stories are outright horrible, but really this is just a very forgettable collection.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Harold Gillespie

    Extremely dull! I'm reminded of Opus'(Ya know-Bloom County?)review of "Benji gets a hair ball or some such", for the newspaper he was working for at the time. I'll paraphrase it; "horrible, awful, predictable, pointless, foolish, and retarded. Well, not really that bad, but it certainly wasn't good." Sorry guys. Maybe putting "IF" in the junior section would work. If you're an adult familiar with sf...it's money wasted. Extremely dull! I'm reminded of Opus'(Ya know-Bloom County?)review of "Benji gets a hair ball or some such", for the newspaper he was working for at the time. I'll paraphrase it; "horrible, awful, predictable, pointless, foolish, and retarded. Well, not really that bad, but it certainly wasn't good." Sorry guys. Maybe putting "IF" in the junior section would work. If you're an adult familiar with sf...it's money wasted.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    An enjoyable read with interesting artwork. The stories are all different and imaginative, keeping me interested and thinking of possibilities.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carol McCarthy

    Great stories and art. I look forward to finding more by the artists and publisher.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt Lanka

    A short collection of YA sci-fi graphic stories. Some are decent, others bland, all very short. It was interesting to read and see art from writers/artists I had never heard of.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andy Luke

    Chunky A5 indy SF comics book of about 50 creators that doesn't really work for me. Many of the illustrators are competent enough, but it's the writing let's it down with a lot of punch-less so-what endings, or pages filled to the brim forcing the renditions to be confusing or ambiguous. One story, Apex War, starts brilliantly, has everything in world building, and peters out into a cliched lot of doldrum trope. Jon Clark's 'Cling' has a beautiful art style, but when it comes to the points of re Chunky A5 indy SF comics book of about 50 creators that doesn't really work for me. Many of the illustrators are competent enough, but it's the writing let's it down with a lot of punch-less so-what endings, or pages filled to the brim forcing the renditions to be confusing or ambiguous. One story, Apex War, starts brilliantly, has everything in world building, and peters out into a cliched lot of doldrum trope. Jon Clark's 'Cling' has a beautiful art style, but when it comes to the points of reveal fails to communicate the horror threat. Yes, most have a little something special in there. Notable exceptions to this gross generalisation include Alex Eckman-Lawn's Asian fantasy, 'Moon'; a Bigfoot story cleverly written by Chas Pangburn and in sync with Mariano Laclaustra's strong clean style; Garrett Sneen's chilling riff on factory design and dark futures, Automata. I probably am being a bit unkind to decent enough offerings like Matchett and Lauer's 2000AD-ish 'Love By Numbers', but there'a lot to wade through. These are talented individuals but the combined result is a book working against itself. 'If' could have worked wonders with some more hands-on editing, and dispensing with 12 pages of promotional puff.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiamatty

    This was pretty OK. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It's an anthology of comics, most of them hero-themed. Some were pretty fun. A couple were really weak. Most were just OK. Most anthologies I back, I love. But this didn't thrill me. The art, for the most part, is good, though again, little of it is really exceptional. In both writing and art, none of the stories really stood out to me in such a way as to make me want to read more by the creators. I enjoyed reading this, but I don't know that I This was pretty OK. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It's an anthology of comics, most of them hero-themed. Some were pretty fun. A couple were really weak. Most were just OK. Most anthologies I back, I love. But this didn't thrill me. The art, for the most part, is good, though again, little of it is really exceptional. In both writing and art, none of the stories really stood out to me in such a way as to make me want to read more by the creators. I enjoyed reading this, but I don't know that I'd necessarily recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Justin Blair

  10. 5 out of 5

    Constructionv4

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  12. 5 out of 5

    Midge

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janice

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gombert

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Affinito

  16. 4 out of 5

    Edgyfatguy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peter

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josh Mitchell

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chas! Pangburn

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charles Eldredge

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anders

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Groves

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abby Pechin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Wultsch

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  31. 4 out of 5

    Neil Sarver

  32. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  33. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Morris

  34. 5 out of 5

    Brian Mossa

  35. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  36. 5 out of 5

    Donna Smith

  37. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  38. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Bingham

  39. 4 out of 5

    William Bitner Jr.

  40. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Obrien

  41. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  42. 4 out of 5

    Nora

  43. 5 out of 5

    C.A. Craven

  44. 4 out of 5

    Urszula

  45. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Parrish

  46. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  47. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

  48. 5 out of 5

    VeronicaMarie1986

  49. 5 out of 5

    Kevin. McKernan

  50. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  51. 4 out of 5

    carla clifton

  52. 5 out of 5

    Arnela

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    Pam Mooney

  54. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Miller

  55. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Good

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