Here are three Pantheon novellas which were each originally released to accompany the publication of another Pantheon book. Age Of Anansi came out at the same time as Age Of Aztec, Age Of Satan at the same time as Age Of Voodoo, and Age Of Gaia at the same time as this very collection.
These are very different takes on the gods-versus-men theme of the series. Rather than being military SF, they’re more urban fantasy, character studies of people under pressure from their own beliefs. Although they were written separately, one per year between 2011 and 2013, they have a pleasing unity, I think, and sit well together.
Anansi is about lies and tricks and telling stories, which is essentially a form of lying and trickery.
Satan is about believing the worst in ourselves and other people, and struggling to change that viewpoint and see the good.
Gaia is about environmentalism and pollution, and explores how abuse of our ecosphere is tantamount to abuse of one another.
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