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Battlestations [Kindle Edition]

S. M. Stirling , Steve Perry , Mike Resnick , Katherine Kurtz , Mercedes Lackey , Jody Lynn Nye , Robert Sheckley , Christopher Stasheff , David Drake , Bill Fawcett
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Fleet thought the wars were over, but as a deadly race of insectoid invaders, the Ichton, sweep through the galaxy, races new to the Alliance are in dire need of aid. Star Central answers with the mammoth battlestation Stephen Hawking. The Hawking takes the fight beyond the boundaries of human space where the Ichton prove to be a formidable foe. Meanwhile, within the pseudoplanet’s stratified decks, the pressures of constant combat and close quarters may become the enemy’s most dangerous advantage.

For the first time in one volume: the complete stories of the Stephen Hawking, its multi-race military and civilian crew, and its desperate fight against the Ichton.

Product Details

  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1607012510
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prime Books (March 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SHU39Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars battle station May 17, 2011
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A very nice collection of short stories, all written around the conceit of an enormous battle station tasked to resist a horde of locust-like aliens. The stories include various type/genres, e.g. adventure, romance, detective, with occasional repeat of characters, and some characters, such as the station commander, depicted throughout. There's even some poetry, if you like that sort of thing. The editing is such that you don't really notice the shift from author to author, and Drake manages to convey a sense of story throughout. I can only imagine what it must be like for an author of his caliber to collaborate with others at the same skill level. Altogether a good read, and highly entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love Sci Fi ! June 4, 2013
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I didn't realize it at the time I bought this book that it includes Battlestations books one and two which I bought separately at the same time. Anyway it is very interesting with lots of action, which I like. However, it is written by several different authors. Some follow the story line, some wander, some are fill. It's almost like an anthology. I would prefer that it follow David Drakes first chapter which has lots of action. I'm almost finished and waiting for the overall story to get back to where I thought it was going.
This book reminds me of some of the Ian Douglas books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stopped reading after a few chapters. May 1, 2013
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This collection did not hold my interest. Characters in the first three chapters were trite. A crucial element is missing: a continuous sense of discovering something new. When multiple authors contribute stories to a single over-arching narrative it can be hard to satisfy the reader's wish for wonder and intrigue, and this suffers from that problem. When the story then revolves around a morale officer's romance, I lost interest. It's just not intriguing enough.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent stories, poor editing. August 23, 2011
This book claims on the cover to have been edited by David Drake and Bill Fawcett, but there are some glaring problems with the shared world editing should have fixed.
First, the stories are generally quite good. They range from old-school space opera to character studies to a detective story, with a space-opera feel. You really get the atmosphere of a good World War II movie around the people on board the station. There's no slick cynicism, and on the flip side, there isn't any gung-ho jingoism. The bad guys are bad, although they have their reasons, and the good guys are good, except for war profiteers.

The book supplies brief interstitial pages to explain how each story fits into the overall narrative, and these are very effective. The overall arc moves along, even if the individual story isn't pushing it.

Now here are the problems: simple aspects of the shared world vary from story to story. The early stories make a big deal about how slow the FTL drives of the core aliens are. In one, the core refugees took 4 months to make it to Alliance space in the spiral arm. Alliance characters snort and note they could make it in weeks.
But in later stories, transit times go higher than 4 months. It takes reinforcements 7 months to get from the Alliance to the mobile base that's at the center of the story. ??
Also, one story notes the base is at the end of a supply line 200,000 light years long. That's quite a trick in a galaxy approximately 100,000 ly across, when our solar system, in Alliance space, is about 25,000 ly from the core.
And the whole point of the mobile base was that it would be its own supply line, manufacturing its own supplies and ships.

These errors took me out of the suspension of disbelief and reduced my enjoyment of these stories.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jumps Around October 7, 2013
By KRD575
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Could not get past the first 75 pages. It jumped around and there was not even a focus on the Battle Station.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many mediocre stories July 26, 2014
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This collection is a mix of story types, which is fine. It also is a mix of story quality, which is not. Too many fell into the mediocre range.
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More About the Author

The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.

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