The stories include hard science fiction, soft science fiction, mild horror, suspense, psychological fiction, dystopian fiction, dark fiction, space travel, alien contact, and metaphysical fiction. In very broad outline, the ten stories involve the following themes:
- If necessity is the mother of invention, could humanity use present technology to find a way to propagate its seed when faced with the certainty of an extinction-level event within two years?
- What really caused the catastrophic failure after the first full-scale test of the Large Hadron Collider? Motivated, ingenious terrorists are about to try their own field experiment to replicate the classified results of the test on a large scale using two suitcase nukes and a modified jetliner in an attack that will eradicate all life on earth, destroy our corner of the universe and, in time, give birth to a new addition to the multiverse.
- If we could communicate with the other sentient, intelligent species with whom we share our planet, what vital lessons might we learn from them and they from us?
- In a not too distant future in which all human beings on earth are connected and integrated into a single neural net, what price might be exacted for one wishing to opt out?
- Egyptologists and historians have long debated the riddle of the Sphinx--its true origins, its too-small human head and the identity of the pharaoh it was intended to represent. What if the riddle could be revealed live, in prime time, to an attentive world-wide audience upon the excavation of a chamber buried stories beneath its right paw?
- What price would you pay to revisit a crossroad in your life when you had made a terrible, life altering mistake? Would you give up an unfulfilled life for the chance of virtual happiness in a virtual reality?
- Would you sacrifice everything if you could attain absolute knowledge? If so, could you live with the knowledge you attained?
- It is said that no man is an island, but what if even the least among us is a god in his/her own right?
- If an alien visitor offered you a lifetime of health and the gift of telepathy for a small service, would you be quick to accept?
- If we purportedly use only a small fraction of our brain's capacity, what possible purpose does the apparently unused portion serve?
Readers' Reviews of my eBooks and Individual Short Stories
xyzg33k reviewed Mindscapes: Ten Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories [5 stars]
Well Done! August 27, 2014 Thoughtful and well executed stories about the things man has pondered for millenia, many with a modern twist based on the current state of technology. Highly recommended!
2. Anton S. Wojcik reviewed Earth Mother (short story) [5 stars]
WOW! Read! February 25, 2014 A great story and a great read. I wished it didn't end. I wanted more and more details, as I enjoyed this whole conceptual read.
3. Shiela M. reviewed To Sleep, Perchance to Dream . . . (Short Story) [3 stars]
Read at your own peril October 5, 2013 The book is just 10 pages in length - you could finish it in one sitting if you really want to. This is an intelligent way of scrutinizing some functions and activities of the human subconscious most especially at a time where it is deemed at rest: at sleep (but in the case of the 32 year-old narrator - the lack of it). The book reminds me of my philosophy, psychology, and sociology classes. I like how the idea and practice...Read More
4. Joy V reviewed The Day the Dolphins Vanished (Short Story) [5 stars]
A wonderful writer September 3, 2013 Victor's stories are well written and enthralling. They are hard to put down. I recommend his books and short stories very highly.
5. John Green "Darkwriter" reviewed Earth Mother (short story) [3 stars]
Needs Another Look Over August 13, 2013 A short story from the author, there's typos and misplaced symbols all over the place, marring this basic, straight-forward sci-fi piece. [Author's note: The Kindle software that automatically translates files from Word to the Kindle format inexplicably substituted various symbols for some quotation marks when the short story was originally uploaded. The error was corrected as soon as it was discovered and the new version automatically downloaded to readers when they linked up their Kindles.]
6. Abe F. March "To Beirut and Back, They Plotted Revenge, Journey Into The Past, Santa Boy, Hermann Frech" reviewed Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems [5 stars]
Love August 11, 2013 If love didn't exist Victor would have created it with his poems. He has a natural gift for telling a true story or of t rue events in a delightful manner. His poems express love and give the reader much to contemplate.
7. Michael Boggia "Roman History Buff" reviewed Book of Dreams 2nd Edition: Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction Short Stories [5 stars]
Book of Dreams August 1, 2013 The content is deep, stimulating and entertaining as well. Mr. Lopez draws his reader into his character's lives, trials and tribulations. Any one who enjoys great Science Fiction should enjoy this book.
I would compare this to Theodore Sturgeon or Ray Bradbury's science fiction.
8. Kedinga Fogam reviewed Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks and Trade... [5 stars]
Intellectual Property Law: A Practical Guide to Copyrights, Patents and Trade marks December 20, 2012 Needed practical examples for my students and found it very useful for that purpose. It takes one direct to the point. Great
1. Rin reviewed Earth Mother (short story) [4 stars]
Enjoyable read 18 April 2014 If I had the same choice as this woman I would not have taken it as you know there is always going to be some kind of catch.
Overall though it was very good and well worth reading.
2. Tweedledum reviewed The Day the Dolphins Vanished (Short Story) [5 stars]
What will we tell them? 8 October 2013 So if you could really truly talk to animals what would you say? What would you share? What should you share? Victor Lopaz' heroine has found out it can be done ....
A gem of a short story - the sort that lulls you into a cosy comfortable read and then suddenly shoots out a googly that makes you stop dead and think... And then think some more....
3. Scotianightpoetry "Brian Shirra" reviewed Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems [4 stars]
Urban Fear and Loathing / Love 26 September 2013 Some of the poems are very well constructed and offer a glimpse into the fears that people in an urban sprawl might experience in terms of a foreboding atmosphere and in relation to others. Good read though.