Book Review: The Law and the Heart

I am now officially a fan of Kenneth Schneyer. His short story collection, The Law and the Heart, features thirteen short speculative stories that take a look at the nature of science and technology when applied to matters of law and love. Schneyer’s plots are often absurd on the surface, but upon closer inspection actually carve down to the root of the subject matter with a peculiar precision.

My favorite story in the collection is “Life of Author Plus Seventy.” A struggling writer agrees to an employment contract that allows his employer to place him in suspended animation should he come close to death in order to circumvent the normal copyright laws regarding work-for-hire contracts. Our hero, in deep debt due to some excessive library fines, uses a loophole in the law to get himself placed in suspended animation as a means of avoiding his creditors. It is a silly way to tackle several serious topics at once, and a great example of the author’s style.

My review is based on a comp copy of the print book. The production value of the print book is poor and does interfere with the readability of the book. The margins are so narrow that the text disappears into the binding and in some cases words are cut off. This is unfortunate, as it distracts from the enjoyment. I don’t know if there are similar issues with the Kindle version.

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