Obsidian Worlds

About the Book by Jason Werbeloff

Obsidian Worlds Cover ARtJason Werbeloff’s short stories have been downloaded over 20,000 times. Obsidian Worlds brings together his 11 best-selling sci-fi shorts into a mind-bending philosophical anthology.

In Your Averaged Joe, a man’s headache is large enough to hold the multiverse. Q46F is an obsessive-compulsive android who finds love in a zombie-embroiled apocalypse. The end of the world isn’t all that bad – The Experience Machine will fulfil your every desire (and some you hadn’t considered). A sex bot dares to dream of freedom in Dinner with Flexi. But mind what you eat, because The Photons in the Cheese Are Lost. Don’t fret though: The Cryo Killer guarantees that your death will be painless, or your money back when you’re thawed. Unless, that is, you’re The Man with Two Legs.

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Author Jason Werbeloff / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 247 Pages

The book burb calls this collection of short stories sci-fi. I like short stories and sci-fi. But these reminded me more of the old scary shows like Night Gallery, Twilight Zone and Thriller. Sure some of them are set in the future, or have androids, but the mood of them is dark. Several have that punch in the gut ending to them that Twilight Zone had. If you are looking for Star Trek or Star Wars, this may not be the book you are looking for.

If you are entertained by a little warped but imaginative storytelling, you will be in for a good read. Jason isn’t afraid to use the F word, nor the word masticating more than once. He utilizes sentence fragments along with R rated mature scenes if any of those offend you. His characters are very different, in a well-written way. They are not what you are expecting or normal, but they are somehow so well done you believe everything they are thinking and doing is exactly what they should be undertaking. Obsidian Worlds is a creative work that many will appreciate.

Excerpt from Bleed Me Silicone:

My first memory is of the inside of a cardboard box. The material is gray and slightly rough to the touch. It smells of fluorescent light and ancient canyon floors.

I savor the feeling of being lifted from the shelf – rubbed and jostled against the almost-smooth interior of the box, as I’m carried through the aisles. My new owner places me on the till. The other products and I have talked about this day. Wondered when our time would come. The time to be purchased.

“Would you like a packet for that, ma’am?” the teller asks. I recognize his voice. He does stock-take on Sundays.

“Umm … yes,” says a nervous voice. Nervous, but forgiving. I like her already.
The crinkle-swoosh of plastic competes with the sound of a radio. Sunlight perforates the miniscule holes in the edges of the cardboard that encloses me. I feel warmth for the first time. She drives me home.

The roof of the box opens, and I’m out. In the world. Her face is just as I’d imagined. Elfin and freckled. No frown lines. Her eyes are intense as they follow my instructions.

I tingle at the touch of her fingers. Delicate, careful. Fleshy and warm. Her lips curl into a smile, before she places me at the back of a dark shelf. The other lubes at the store told me this would happen. Life’s not all action for us. But when our owners take us for a night out of the closet, the world comes alive. Or that’s what the other lubes say.

There aren’t many voices in her apartment. I wait patiently at the back of the closet, as the weeks and months pass. Just when I think she’s forgotten me, one warm evening the door of the apartment opens. A man sits on the creaky springs of the bed.

“Are you ready?” His voice is young. Excited.

“Yes,” she says. I know she’s trying not to sound nervous, like she did that day at the store when she purchased me.

And then it begins.

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About the Author

Jason Werbeloff PhotoJason Werbeloff is a novelist and philosopher. He loves chocolate and his Labrador, Sunny.

He’s interested in the nature of social groups, personal identity, freedom, and the nature of the mind. His passion is translating philosophical debate around these topics into works of science fiction, while gorging himself on chocolate.

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10 Responses to Obsidian Worlds

  1. Eva Millien

    I enjoyed the excerpt, Jason, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  2. Rita Wray

    I enjoyed reading the post.

  3. Victoria

    Really great post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Jason Werbeloff (@JasonWerbeloff)

    Thank you for the insightful review!

  5. Mai T.

    Who is your favourite novelist?

    • Jason Werbeloff (@JasonWerbeloff)

      Must be Philip K. Dick – the sheer volume of worlds he produced is worthy of a deity.