The Uncertainty Bridge by David Conyers (book review).

This is a collection of three stories by the Australian author David Conyers. It’s available in Kindle format from Amazon for a very reasonable price. A good avenue for the future of publishing, Kindle makes stories available to be read on various devices, cheaply and easily at the press of a button. It’s a very good collection at that, with ‘Black Water’, ‘Aftermath’ and ‘The Uncertainty Bridge’ on offer. All have appeared in the past in various publications but now they are collected together in one issue.


‘Black Water’ is set in Africa in the future when pure water has become scarce, so scarce in fact that life has become cheap in comparison. A man from the slums of Dar es Salaam wants to improve his situation and get out of Africa but here’s the disadvantage. He has mechanical legs and one mechanical arm, having sold his original limbs previously to make his way through college. Will he use this to his advantage?

‘Aftermath’ is also set in Africa in the future. The continent has broken apart into war and a young woman soldier from the United Nations becomes the prisoner of a cult chief, a maniac of sadistic nature who treats people as slaves. In order to control his entourage, he has made them accept neural implants which compel them to obey his every whim. How would she escape?

David Conyers has been to Africa, seeing the good and the bad side and he is able to use his knowledge of African people and affairs to make his stories life-like and believable and also introducing new future technology which is both realistic and frightening.

The final story, ‘The Uncertainty Bridge’, takes place after disease has wiped out most of the community and a young man tries to save the life of his sister but, in doing so, maybe makes a decision which he regrets later. The story is atmospheric and dark, painting a fearful picture of the future.

All the stories are exciting and dramatic, providing good entertainment at a very reasonable price. Thoroughly recommended!

Rod MacDonald

(pub: Kindle. 110 page e-book. Price: £0.77 (UK). ASIN: B00CL3DKXS)
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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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