From Publishers Weekly
Military SF fans of the Falkenberg legion saga will need to be in fighting trim to lug home The Prince, by Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Sterling. This hefty compendium includes the four novels Falkenberg's Legion, Prince of Mercenaries, Go Tell the Spartans and Prince of Sparta.
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Gunn, perhaps the most distinguished academic among sf writers, here offers a quarter-century's worth of his short fiction. "The Voices" and "Child of the Sun" were incorporated into the novels The Listeners
(1972) and Crisis!
(1986), respectively, but most of the rest of these stories are seeing book publication for the first time. A varied lot, they include "The Old Folks," a vision of the ultimate senior citizen community; "Fault," a bit of earthquake prediction; "The North Wind," set in an ice age; "The Gingerbread Man," a hard-edged variant of Asimov's Bicentennial Man; and "The Day the Magic Came Back," which casts a sharp eye on the burgeoning of fantasy. These are consistently and admirably intelligent, austerely but effectively written stories, featuring characterizations that, though unlikely to please everybody, show a skill beyond that of most other writers in the sf-as-literature-of-ideas school to which Gunn is supposed to belong. Roland GreenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved