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Citizens Paperback – May 11, 2010
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About the Author
Brian M. Thomsen was an editor at Warner Books (where he was one of the founders of their Questar SF and fantasy line), then later at TSR, and finally did freelance editing for Tor Books. He was nominated for the Hugo Award for best editor, was the author of two novels (Once Around the Realms and The Mage in the Iron Mask), several nonfiction books, over forty short stories, and edited fifteen anthologies. He also served as a World Fantasy Award judge. He died of a heart attack on September 21, 2008.
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Top Customer Reviews
- Nature and Nurture by John Ringo is an introduction to the stories.
- Field Test (Analog, 1976) by Keith Laumer relates the first use of a Bolo Mark XX Model B.
- Allamagoosa (Astounding, 1955) by Eric Frank Russell tells of the trials of a navy ship returning after a long voyage to find that the Inspector General will soon be visiting them.
- Exploration Team (Astounding, 1956) Murray Leinster concerns an illegal colony on a planet that receives an unexpected visit from a Colonial Survey officer.
- Superiority (F&SF, 1951) by Arthur C. Clarke considers the risks of new technology. This seems to be a recurring theme in military and naval SF.
- The Horars of War (Nova 1, 1970) by Gene Wolfe illustrates the comradery of war.
- Fireproof (Astounding, 1949) by Hal Clement shows the strange effects of a weightless environment.
- Peace with Honor (Analog, 1971) by Jerry Pournelle relates an incident in the history of the CoDominium.
- Under the Hammer (Galaxy, 1974) by David Drake presents an untrained recruit with a situation.
- Time Piece (If, 1970) by Joe W. Haldeman talks of Heaven and Hells in the Forever War.
- Neither Sleet, Nor Snow, Nor Alien Invasion... (first publication) by Dave Freer reveals the power of Political Incorrectness.
- Light (first publication) by Kacey Grannis recounts a mysterious intervention within Iraq.
- The Question (first publication) by Patrick A. Vanner gives the response to an innocent question.Read more ›
There were some that definitely were new, and I liked the one based on the Freehold novels by Mike Williamson. However, I was expecting the book to be mostly new content and all I can say is that I'm sure several of the stories appeared before, perhaps in the There Will be War anthologies by Pournelle.
If you've read a lot of this type of material you'll probably find that you've read several of these stories too :(
Also, I thought the book said it was 400 pages...
Nature and Nurture by John Ringo is an introduction to the stories.
- Field Test (Analog, 1976) by Keith Laumer
I didn't quite like the layout of this story but I think it was a great way to start off the book.
- Allamagoosa (Astounding, 1955) by Eric Frank Russell
At first I thought this was going to be a boring story, but I have to admit it is one of the first times I have ever laughed out loud while reading.
- Exploration Team (Astounding, 1956) Murray Leinster
This story was decent but I can't say it really impressed me.
- Superiority (F&SF, 1951) by Arthur C. Clarke
I enjoyed this story, it has an ironic and plausible tone.
- The Horars of War (Nova 1, 1970) by Gene Wolfe
Eh, this one was alright. Can't say I was too blown away by it but I'd give it a 5/10.
- Fireproof (Astounding, 1949) by Hal Clement
This one was interesting but not exactly fun, it definitely high-lights the science in science fiction.
- Peace with Honor (Analog, 1971) by Jerry Pournelle
I enjoyed this story, even if the protagonist is a dirty politician.
- Under the Hammer (Galaxy, 1974) by David Drake
This was pretty good, a little too short but I may have to check out some of Drake's work.
- Time Piece (If, 1970) by Joe W. Haldeman
Also pretty good, it reminded me a good bit of Haldeman's Forever War.
- Neither Sleet, Nor Snow, Nor Alien Invasion... (first publication) by Dave Freer
Not as witty as Allamagoosa but every bit as funny.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Ringo & Brian M. Thomsen editors
I don't have much use for the art of the short story, this in spite of trying my had at the craft from time to time. Read more
Are you kidding? These are some of the greatest sci-fi writers of the 20th century with some of their best short stories.Published 9 months ago by Randy Hall
I enjoyed this collection quite a bit. As a long-time sci-fi and fantasy reader, I recognized many names, but these were all new stories to me, and I will be looking for more works... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chrissmitty
I would recommend this to all readers of military SF who want a short read and who want a series of different reads and styles for a break from 400 page SF novels.Published on June 4, 2013 by Mac Yelton
A very interesting compilation of future military fiction written by military vets. I thoroughly enjoyed the departure from reality that it provided while not departing from human... Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Pratchett Fan
This brings back wonderful memories of these legendary science fiction writers – and citizen warriors – with stories of science fiction military adventure tales. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by George F. Cochran
This book is a collection of 15 military sci-fi short stories. I like some sci-fi and I enjoy reading military history, so I thought the combination could be interesting. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Arador
A wonderful collection of short stories from some of the Great Authors of the Golden Age and some from the Great Authors of Today. I enjoyed every story. Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Joseph A. Capdepon II
Take a good look at the cover, which I did not do. It says "Edited By". All I saw was "by John Ringo" listed on the very short Amazon description, so I bought it. Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by lee85736