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About the Author

John Ringo is author of the New York Times best-selling series known by most as “The Posleen Wars” comprising A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, Hell’s Faire, plus the tangential novels Calley’s War, Sister Time, and Honor of the Clan (all with Julie Cochrane), and A Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes (both with Tom Kratman). He also co-authored—with David Weber—March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few in the best-selling Prince Roger series. He had visited 23 countries by the time he graduated high school. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133477
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a professional author of... Well, I used to say "science fiction." Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sf with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what's next? Children's books? (I've actually got that one mapped out. You see, there's this girl who is raised by dolphins... You think I'm joking, don't you?)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Citizens (2010) is an SF anthology. It contains fifteen short stories, an introduction, and two afterwords. All the stories were written by those who have worn their country's uniform, some in combat.

- 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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Great49er on July 23, 2010
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I like Ringo's work and I like these kinds of books. That was my biggest problem, as I read this book I kept asking myself, "Haven't I read this story before?"

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...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nickolas X. P. Sharps VINE VOICE on May 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a whole this is an excellent collection for anyone who enjoys science fiction or military science fiction. There are a few stories I didn't enjoy but for the most part it was a roarin' good time.

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.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Lew on May 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you look at the Jordan review above, you will see a table of contents in the review. Except for 4 stories, all were written in the mid-70's or earlier. These are extremely high quality stories and are highly recommended IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THEM BEFORE AND HAVE THEM ALL IN 30 DIFFERENT short story collections. I do. Thus, if you are 30 or younger this is a 4 or 5 star collection. If you are in your 40's+ you have probably read them all. Then you have to decide if this book is worth buying for the 4 new stories. You can't tell from the review or the blurb whether you would be interested. You have to go to a store and look at them. I highly resent the advertising and description which implies that these are all new and different. Personally, I don't think the new stories are worth the price of the book alone. That's why its 2 star for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Niemann-Ross on November 3, 2012
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Superiority, by Arthur C. Clarke is required reading for any student of war history - and is part of the collection in Citizens
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