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CLOCKS SLAY TIME: (9249 words) [1st person] A bizarre corruption in his consciousness leaves a man experiencing his life in a non-sequential jumbled order. Despite not being able to remember his name or even where he lives, he manages to get by living only in the moment. Until he encounters a particular girl who by just being in her company, allows him to make sense of his CLOCKS SLAY TIME: (9249 words) [1st person] A bizarre corruption in his consciousness leaves a man experiencing his life in a non-sequential jumbled order. Despite not being able to remember his name or even where he lives, he manages to get by living only in the moment. Until he encounters a particular girl who by just being in her company, allows him to make sense of his confused existence. This is a love story set against a background of distorted time. The non-sequential order of the chapter numbers reflects this, although this story can also be re-read by following the 11 chapters in sequential number order. It then becomes a completely different story; it is a matter of perspective. EPSILON: (6993 words) An exorcist encounters a man of whom it is unclear whether he is possessed or suffering from some kind of psychosis. This is a modern horror story which shows how distorted reality can be just as frightening as the depths of hell. HELLO FRIEND: (16718 words) When the world’s leading social network rolls out an artificially intelligent App aimed at engaging the lonelier and more socially challenged people in society, strange results enfold. Is this just a clever program or has the artificially intelligent computer program become sentient and is directing events in their lives? This tale tells the story of a disparate set of characters who without knowledge of each other, become entwined in each other's lives, like pawns being moved by a chess-master. HOLD THE BRIDGE: (16731 words) [1st person] A female officer is unexpectedly awakened from deep stasis, two and a half years early on a long distance space voyage. She is joined by another crewman who is also oblivious to the reason for their premature awakening. They can return to stasis sleep but decide instead to investigate first, searching for any anomalies or problems that might need their direct intervention. Events induce a sense of paranoia when it becomes evident that they are not alone and an alien entity might be onboard and impersonating both of them. As the senior officer, it is imperative that she secures and holds the Command Bridge of the vessel against all odds. THE FALL AND RISE OF THE EL: (16814 words) [1st person] The EL is an advanced race of timeless spiritual light beings that think and act collectively and have been assigned a protective role over a particular solar system. They must initiate and oversee the restoration of a frozen planet which once supported much life. Once its ice has retreated, their stewardship requires many of their collective to descend substantially in vibration and take up mortal physicality in order to carry out their duty on the dense planet below. However, divisions in their unity and purpose arise after they opt to manipulate the genetics of one particular species in order to turn them into a helper race of infertile automatons to which they can delegate much of their menial tasks. The heavy density of this world causes the EL many difficulties, one of which is a growing sense of individuality which threatens their collective consciousness. This individuality also threatens to infect the helper race who have been infused with DNA from the EL. TIMELESS: (3993 words) [1st person] This is a heartfelt story of a child that is left feeling disassociated from life following the physical impact of an explosion and the resultant emotional trauma from the death of his mother. The story of his life unfolds as he recounts it during his final timeless moment, one of the many that befall him, causing the world around him to slow to a standstill. All these timeless moments seem to be inextricably linked in his life and anchored to one seminal event. That being the moment he first falls in love with a soul mate that makes him feel included and at peace with this heartless world which he has always despised.


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CLOCKS SLAY TIME: (9249 words) [1st person] A bizarre corruption in his consciousness leaves a man experiencing his life in a non-sequential jumbled order. Despite not being able to remember his name or even where he lives, he manages to get by living only in the moment. Until he encounters a particular girl who by just being in her company, allows him to make sense of his CLOCKS SLAY TIME: (9249 words) [1st person] A bizarre corruption in his consciousness leaves a man experiencing his life in a non-sequential jumbled order. Despite not being able to remember his name or even where he lives, he manages to get by living only in the moment. Until he encounters a particular girl who by just being in her company, allows him to make sense of his confused existence. This is a love story set against a background of distorted time. The non-sequential order of the chapter numbers reflects this, although this story can also be re-read by following the 11 chapters in sequential number order. It then becomes a completely different story; it is a matter of perspective. EPSILON: (6993 words) An exorcist encounters a man of whom it is unclear whether he is possessed or suffering from some kind of psychosis. This is a modern horror story which shows how distorted reality can be just as frightening as the depths of hell. HELLO FRIEND: (16718 words) When the world’s leading social network rolls out an artificially intelligent App aimed at engaging the lonelier and more socially challenged people in society, strange results enfold. Is this just a clever program or has the artificially intelligent computer program become sentient and is directing events in their lives? This tale tells the story of a disparate set of characters who without knowledge of each other, become entwined in each other's lives, like pawns being moved by a chess-master. HOLD THE BRIDGE: (16731 words) [1st person] A female officer is unexpectedly awakened from deep stasis, two and a half years early on a long distance space voyage. She is joined by another crewman who is also oblivious to the reason for their premature awakening. They can return to stasis sleep but decide instead to investigate first, searching for any anomalies or problems that might need their direct intervention. Events induce a sense of paranoia when it becomes evident that they are not alone and an alien entity might be onboard and impersonating both of them. As the senior officer, it is imperative that she secures and holds the Command Bridge of the vessel against all odds. THE FALL AND RISE OF THE EL: (16814 words) [1st person] The EL is an advanced race of timeless spiritual light beings that think and act collectively and have been assigned a protective role over a particular solar system. They must initiate and oversee the restoration of a frozen planet which once supported much life. Once its ice has retreated, their stewardship requires many of their collective to descend substantially in vibration and take up mortal physicality in order to carry out their duty on the dense planet below. However, divisions in their unity and purpose arise after they opt to manipulate the genetics of one particular species in order to turn them into a helper race of infertile automatons to which they can delegate much of their menial tasks. The heavy density of this world causes the EL many difficulties, one of which is a growing sense of individuality which threatens their collective consciousness. This individuality also threatens to infect the helper race who have been infused with DNA from the EL. TIMELESS: (3993 words) [1st person] This is a heartfelt story of a child that is left feeling disassociated from life following the physical impact of an explosion and the resultant emotional trauma from the death of his mother. The story of his life unfolds as he recounts it during his final timeless moment, one of the many that befall him, causing the world around him to slow to a standstill. All these timeless moments seem to be inextricably linked in his life and anchored to one seminal event. That being the moment he first falls in love with a soul mate that makes him feel included and at peace with this heartless world which he has always despised.

32 review for A STITCH IN TIME: SIX THOUGHT-PROVOKING STORIES ABOUT TIME & REALITY

  1. 5 out of 5

    Max Power

    I stay away from most short story collections as I am a meat on the bones type of reader who likes a chunky tale. In this case I am familiar with the authors other books which I loved so I dipped in without fear and was so glad that I did. Quite the mix and not what I expected, but all in the style of a writer getting better by the book. The connection between the stories is time and the mix of genre is handled very well. The thing I dislike about most short stories is as I mentioned length but I stay away from most short story collections as I am a meat on the bones type of reader who likes a chunky tale. In this case I am familiar with the authors other books which I loved so I dipped in without fear and was so glad that I did. Quite the mix and not what I expected, but all in the style of a writer getting better by the book. The connection between the stories is time and the mix of genre is handled very well. The thing I dislike about most short stories is as I mentioned length but I believe here the author gets this just about right in each case. There is a decent flow from tale to tale and this is down not to the connective theme but I believe, simply down to the writers style. I flew through this and enjoyed every page, what better compliment can I give this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stuart

    Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite A Stitch in Time: Six thought-provoking stories about time & reality, comprises tales of various lengths and styles, but always capturing moments in time that are special to one or more people. Or perhaps not capturing it, for is your “now” mine? The first story, Clocks Slay Time can be read straight through or in chapter-number order, and the story is different; it is a matter of perception. Who knows what mysteries the others hold? Romance, horror, Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite A Stitch in Time: Six thought-provoking stories about time & reality, comprises tales of various lengths and styles, but always capturing moments in time that are special to one or more people. Or perhaps not capturing it, for is your “now” mine? The first story, Clocks Slay Time can be read straight through or in chapter-number order, and the story is different; it is a matter of perception. Who knows what mysteries the others hold? Romance, horror, computer manipulation, sci-fi, and an Ireland divided: thought-provoking stories indeed come from the mind of Senan Gilsenan, beautifully and vividly written, but are you ready for a rollercoaster ride through a miscellany of emotions? Will you accept the challenge, and end utterly confused or possibly wiser? A Stitch in Time: Six thought-provoking stories about time & reality by Senan Gilsenan captivated me completely. Every story is different in length and subject, but the concept is always the same: time. There is even an element of comedy, for who could resist Cynthia Parkes, a lonely widow who makes sure her home is spotless before she turns on her laptop “in case anyone is looking”? (Her worry is the camera!) My favourite is Timeless; the description of an eight-year-old boy’s experience of an explosion during the Irish troubles in Belfast, and it lasting effects, is a heartbreaker. For me, it encompasses everything Senan Gilsenan has expressed throughout, and he does it in the shortest story of all. A Stitch in Time is a marvellous book from a very talented author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Randall

    A compelling garland of intrigue and fascination, spiced with stories of horror, terror and trauma, sewn around various concepts of chronology. At least three of these master pieces begged to be turned into film scripts, the depth, psychology and technical detail in all are astounding. These shorts are immaculately researched and eloquently drawn from cogitative introspection, totally absorbing, gripping and sometimes profoundly stirring. My personal favourites are ‘Hello Friend’, which elaborat A compelling garland of intrigue and fascination, spiced with stories of horror, terror and trauma, sewn around various concepts of chronology. At least three of these master pieces begged to be turned into film scripts, the depth, psychology and technical detail in all are astounding. These shorts are immaculately researched and eloquently drawn from cogitative introspection, totally absorbing, gripping and sometimes profoundly stirring. My personal favourites are ‘Hello Friend’, which elaborates on the inevitable advancement and dependence on artificial intelligence, and the Genesis re-working of ‘The fall and rise of the El’, a version that I found to be holy more believable than the original. If you like to stretch the old grey matter during your reading experience, then I thoroughly recommend this anthology, it’ll keep you out of trouble for a few days, but maybe trouble you for a long while there after.

  4. 4 out of 5

    P.A. Rudders

    At first glance at the cover, one could easily be forgiven for thinking this might be just another collection of Sci-Fi short stories. I would say a couple of the stories do fall into that category while others venture into the realms of horror and the paranormal. I  loved the author's style of writing for each one, three being written in the first person, a style I particularly enjoy when it comes to short stories, and the other three written in a style most suited to their content but still ma At first glance at the cover, one could easily be forgiven for thinking this might be just another collection of Sci-Fi short stories. I would say a couple of the stories do fall into that category while others venture into the realms of horror and the paranormal. I  loved the author's style of writing for each one, three being written in the first person, a style I particularly enjoy when it comes to short stories, and the other three written in a style most suited to their content but still maintaining a very personal viewpoint. There are no clever explanations or theories about 'time' to be found here, but more the personal observations, perceptions, and experiences of it, all crafted into highly original tales, and while some stories were better than others, none failed to either intrigue or entertain. In those stories where a little 'science' added to the narrative such as in 'The Fall and Rise of the El,' the author struck a good balance between the sort of terminology that most sci-fi fans will recognise and have some understanding of and not over-explaining or confusing the reader. I especially liked 'Clocks Slay Time'  which for me, perfectly epitomised the title and description for this anthology. Another story that stood out, in my opinion, was 'Hello Friend,' a clever and imaginative set of scenarios all woven together by a frightening glimpse into the possibly intrusive path that social media and artificial intelligence might take, and sooner likely than we imagine. A couple of the stories, while captivating almost throughout, were I thought slightly let down by an unsatisfactory or less than conclusive ending; I accept that for some readers, being left with unanswered questions or puzzling for themselves what the ending of a story meant might add to its enjoyment but for me personally they didn't quite work, and it's for that reason alone it wasn't quite as convincing a five star read as the author's previous Outlander series (more a four-point-eight). I'm not sure if fans of more traditional sci-fi will immediately take to this collection but for those whose interests extend beyond that of robots, outer-space, and alien invasions then I think it might well appeal. Despite a couple of minor misgivings, the style of writing, its originality, and the imaginative and well-written storylines lines would certainly induce me to read more of the author's future short story offerings.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frank Parker

    I have always been attracted to stories that involved the bending of time. Years ago writers like Robert Heinlein and Robert Sheckley were masters of the genre. More recently we have had Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. And, of course, for more than forty years now we have had recurring series of Dr Who on television. Now Senan Gil Senan has entered the fray with six stories collected together under the heading A Stitch in Time. For me this presented a welcome reminder of all those I have always been attracted to stories that involved the bending of time. Years ago writers like Robert Heinlein and Robert Sheckley were masters of the genre. More recently we have had Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. And, of course, for more than forty years now we have had recurring series of Dr Who on television. Now Senan Gil Senan has entered the fray with six stories collected together under the heading A Stitch in Time. For me this presented a welcome reminder of all those other time distorting tales. I particularly liked the first two for the way a series of traumatic events are recalled by the first person protagonist. But all six stories contain ideas that make you question the accuracy of your own memory. How often have you related an event to a friend or relative who was there at the time, only to discover that his or her recollection is subtly different from yours? Each of the protagonists in Senan's six disturbing tales has reason to doubt his or her understanding of events. Some, especially the last, are a little longer than they needed to be, but this is a collection that is well worth persevering with.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angela Lockwood

    I’ve read a full length novel by this author before; Beyond the Pale; A dystopian fantasy with some very well written characters, thrown in with a good dose of humour. When I saw this bundle of shorts I was hoping to find more of the same but in bite size pieces. There is a strong common thread binding these stories together; time. I loved how the writer used a number of genres (Sci-Fi, Horror, dystopian) to play with time in the narrative. I’m not normally a fan of Sci-Fi but I loved ‘Hold the I’ve read a full length novel by this author before; Beyond the Pale; A dystopian fantasy with some very well written characters, thrown in with a good dose of humour. When I saw this bundle of shorts I was hoping to find more of the same but in bite size pieces. There is a strong common thread binding these stories together; time. I loved how the writer used a number of genres (Sci-Fi, Horror, dystopian) to play with time in the narrative. I’m not normally a fan of Sci-Fi but I loved ‘Hold the bridge’ and it claustrophobic and tense atmosphere, as a space travelling officer wakes up from stasis before her crewmates do. Disoriented and with just one other crewmember awake she sets to work finding out why. The development and conclusion of this story was one of my favourites. ‘Hello Friend’ was also excellent, a satire of our reliance on technology but taking it a little step further into the future. The last story I was less keen on. Like the others it is narrated in the first person, but this one was told by a more advanced alien. I think this muddied the waters a little as we first had to get our head around this being, before we could get into the real story. I found myself drifting off a bit midway, but I did like the ending. Altogether a bundle of stories that had a strong voice and a coherent theme. I enjoyed it and would recommend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric Lahti

    Rather than take the easy way out and wax philosophical about what happens when you change the past or getting into the weeds of the multiverse, he takes the opportunity to examine how time can create and change reality like the loom of a mad-genius weaver. There are six stories in this collection and all of them play with time in some brilliant ways. From the curious case of a man who may or may not be mad to the dark choices that lead an officer to play with time to cover up her mistakes, A St Rather than take the easy way out and wax philosophical about what happens when you change the past or getting into the weeds of the multiverse, he takes the opportunity to examine how time can create and change reality like the loom of a mad-genius weaver. There are six stories in this collection and all of them play with time in some brilliant ways. From the curious case of a man who may or may not be mad to the dark choices that lead an officer to play with time to cover up her mistakes, A Stitch In Time takes you for a ride. Read the whole review on my blog

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tom Benson

    Apart from the broad range of genre in such a collection the author’s imagination comes to the fore in the telling of these tales. Horror, paranormal, sci-fi, and romance are presented in stories which are built on strong foundations, but are told in an unconventional way. In one particular case the classic beginning, middle and end are there, but not in sequential order. I’ve no intention of saying which story, but I will say it works, and works well. There was one particular tale which was lost Apart from the broad range of genre in such a collection the author’s imagination comes to the fore in the telling of these tales. Horror, paranormal, sci-fi, and romance are presented in stories which are built on strong foundations, but are told in an unconventional way. In one particular case the classic beginning, middle and end are there, but not in sequential order. I’ve no intention of saying which story, but I will say it works, and works well. There was one particular tale which was lost on me. I read sci-fi occasionally, but when the ‘techno-babble’ (as it’s usually known), gets too much, my interest slips. For me, it was the only tale which didn’t work as a short story, or ‘long’ short story. I did consider that it was a good basis for a novella or perhaps a novel. Personal opinion. Okay, so besides one glitch (for me), what is my opinion? A superb demonstration of the author’s imagination, and skill at storytelling. I’ve read other work by this writer and this collection underlines his ability to entertain.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Denise McCabe

    This is an interesting collection of stories I thoroughly enjoyed. Fans of sci fi will love these but at the same time, what was good about them is they will appeal to more of an audience as you don’t have to be a huge fan of sci fi to enjoy them. Two in particular stood out for me was hELLO Friend and Hold The Bridge. At the end of Hold The Bridge had a very good twist that got me thinking, ‘No, what just happened? I wasn’t expecting that! Overall I highly recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judy Elliott

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Chapman

  12. 4 out of 5

    James mullaly

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frances Robin Graham

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauri b

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ed Bennett

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lezli

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  18. 4 out of 5

    Douglas

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  20. 4 out of 5

    Betty Reynolds

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen Rega

  22. 5 out of 5

    ANDREW S GUTSTEIN

  23. 5 out of 5

    João

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jan FORD

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeri Kroes

  27. 5 out of 5

    felicia kaye williams

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maura

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diann Corsnitz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sally Jo Cunningham

  31. 4 out of 5

    Staci Fitzpatrick

  32. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

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