I was initially skeptical about this book because I am not as of such a Sci-Fi lover. But the book description was so catchy and made me curious.

Author : Varun Sayal

Publication date: June 13, 2018

Published by : Self Published

Format : E Book

Six Stories

The book is divided into six different stories. If you are new to reading science fiction, these small set of stories will be a best beginning. They are very interesting as well as entertaining.

Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics, and life-consuming Cosmic Entities are some major themes in this book which has six tightly-knit, fast-paced Sci-Fi stories.

1. Nark-astra, The Hell Weapon
The weapons he possesses make him the destroyer of worlds, and he burns for revenge. A high-tech take on ancient Indian mythology.

2. Death by Crowd
The dark desires of the masses; darknet websites fueled by a crypto-currency. What lurks in the background – an advanced artificial intelligence?

3. Genie
He rubbed a lamp alright, but what he got was the shock of his life. An entirely sci-fi take on the djinn myth.

4. Time Crawlers
There are individuals who existing in multiple time periods at once, and there are those who know about them….

5. Eclipse
No attacks, no blood-shed, yet there was an invasion and a conquest. Who are these shapeshifter aliens being hounded by an eclipse?

6. The Cave
The fate of an advanced imperial race hangs in balance as a dark celestial entity meets a legendary protector.

My Review

For me, the first four stories were really amazing as it was more of fiction than science. Varun Sayal’s writing style is very simple and captive. I never thought science fictions could be this fun to read.

Death by crowd and Genie are my favourite stories among the six. Genie is a simple fairy tale in which you see a fairy talking about modern technologies. On the other hand, death by crowd is a very intense story. It points towards the growing craze that people have towards some life threatening games. I loved the idea how these stories were presented.

Every story is written in a futuristic voice. Even though they are fiction, it feels like there are chances those imaginary situations turn real some day, especially the story ‘death by crowd’ shows you a scary future. I am very happy that I read this book.

The language used is simple. Yes, there are scientific descriptions in every story, but don’t worry if you are not a science person. The fiction part will hold you tight throughout the read. Also it is a short read of 100 pages. Once you pick this book, you are literally up for a travel to six different worlds.

My Rating


Yes, it is a must read book. You will enjoy the read for sure. I strongly recommend ‘Time Crawlers’.

Purchase the book right here:

Amazon India – Time Crawlers

Author : Varun Sayal

VARUN SAYAL is an engineer and MBA from I.I.T. and I.S.B. (top schools in India), who has been involved in theatre as a playwright, actor, and director, and has also been an independent movie-maker. His genre of writing is predominantly science fiction blended with mythology and a sprinkle of the gruesome actualities of life. In his own words:
“I think of each story as a surreal, fast-paced narrative that pulls in the reader right from the beginning, takes them through a voyage into an alternate dystopian realm, bequeathing to them images etched permanently on their minds. I live by the quote, ‘a true art calms a disturbed mind and disturbs a calm mind.’

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