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"There is more than enough great SF in Breach the Hull for any true fan of the genre, military or not." - Will McDermott, author of Lasgun Wedding 

"Pick up Breach the Hull. You're sure to find stories that you like." -David Sherman, author of the DemonTech series and co-author of the Starfist series 

"[Breach the Hull] kicks down the doors in a way that allows anyone access to the genre[ . . . ]it read like a bunch of soldiers sitting around swapping stories of the wars. Fun, fast-paced, and packed with action. I give it a thumbs up." -Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author

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Mike McPhail is the editor of Breach The Hull as well as the cover artist and interior artist for the anthology. He also delivers an excellent story for the collection with Wayward Child. He is also the author ofChim era in the anthology No Longer Dreams, based on the Alliance Archives series and its related role playing game. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Quest, LLC (June 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979690196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979690198
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

A delightful collection of stories.
RaDadIndy
I had read some of the authors previously, but others were new to me.
Michael W. McGehee
Fun, fast-paced, and packed with action.
Jonathan Maberry

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Ottinger III on May 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Since the publication of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, stories about the soldiers who fight the wars in space have had an enduring popularity among science fiction fans. Of late, though, its popularity has waned with the rise of fantasy, steampunk, and urban fantasy novels. Editor Mike McPhail has attempted to revive this sub-genre with the publication of his collection entitled Breach the Hull. Collecting 16 tales of military SF, Breach the Hull does a good job of covering the spectrum of military style SF, while only including three previously published tales.

There are two stories by veteran writer Jack McDevitt, "Cryptic" and "Black to Move". "Cryptic" tells a modern story of the SETI project and the need to question just what we might encounter out there if we are not careful. Continuing in that vein, "Black to Move" mixes chess and war, and left a cold feeling in my heart with its chilling ending. Both stories are very well-written and their inclusion makes this anthology extremely strong. Even though both have been previously published, they are hard to find, and are an excellent introduction to an SF writer everyone should read.

John C. Wright, another excellent SF author has two stories in this anthology. The first, "Peter Power Armor" is a new story for this anthology. "Peter Power Armor" is about a child's toy in a man's war, and the salvation it can bring. This story was heartwrenching. "Forgotten Causes" is a story about a weapon and a man, but a planet destroying weapon of an unusual nature. I would vey much like to read more stories of Marshall Lamech. Wright's stories had well integrated themes of heroism and revenge and would make anyone want to find more stories by Wright.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Maberry on March 31, 2008
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Military SF has been a growing sub-genre for years now, but one that usually speaks only to a small niche market. But then an anthology like BREACH THE HULL, edited by Mike McPhail, comes along and kicks down the doors in a way that allows anyone access to the genre. HULL is anchored by genre vets like Jack McDevitt, John C. Wright, C.J. Henderson and a few other big names, but brings aboard stories by newer emerging writers, allowing for a variety of storytelling styles that makes it read like a bunch of soldiers sitting around swapping stories of the wars. Fun, fast-paced, and packed with action. I give it a thumbs up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 13, 2010
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Breach the Hull (2007) is the first combat SF anthology in the Defending the Future series. It contains sixteen short stories and an Authors Bio. Three stories have been previously published, but the others have not.

- Cryptic (Asimov's, 1983) by Jack McDevitt tells of a strange finding in a SETI facility.

- Peter Power Armor by John C. Wright relates a trip to an abandoned house by a child, a matron, a guard, and a janitor.

- Wayward Child by Mike McPhail describes the encounter that made a young soldier into a veteran.

- Not One Word by James Daniel Ross explains how a mercenary meets the love of his life.

- Forgotten Causes (Absolute Magnitude, 2001) by John C. Wright follows the drop onto a Terran colony by a man without any memory of his mission.

- In the Dying Light by Danielle Ackley-McPhail is about an old artifact that absorbs light.

- Black to Move (Asimov's, 1982) by Jack McDevitt considers an abandoned planet formerly occupied by another sapient species.

- Killer Eye by James Chambers discloses the reactions of soldiers to a kill order.

- Compartment Alpha by Jeffrey Lyman regards a small number of survivors on a disrupted ship.

- Dead End by John G. Hemry (AKA Jack Campbell) confronts humanity with aliens who are incomprehensible.

- Broadside by Bud Sparhawk examines the consequences of an interstellar civil war.

- Thresher by Laurence M. Schoen presents a medical case on a pirate ship.

- Alliances by Bud Sparhawk relates the adventures of a hijacker and the captain of the hijacked ship.

- Dereliction of Duty by Patrick Thomas introduces the leader of a naval group that had mutinied against their deposed masters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RaDadIndy VINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
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A delightful collection of stories. I thought several were outstanding, and all were engaging. Perhaps I should mention that the publisher, "Dark Quest, LLC," is a small outfit. The look and feel of the book (font choice, dimensions) is not quite the same as you would get from a major publisher, and there were a handful of spelling errors of the sort that a spellchecker doesn't catch. These points would be annoying if the stories were subpar, but I find them endearing when the content is so good. I'm eager to read the next book in this series, and also to order books from some of the authors in this volume who I hadn't read before.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Weitkamp on October 26, 2009
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Good mix of stories all of which held my attention and left me wanting more.
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By Michael W. McGehee on September 29, 2013
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This is a great compilation of short, military (or combat related) Science Fiction stories. I had read some of the authors previously, but others were new to me. These stories have perked my interest in a new line of authors.

Nicely done.
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