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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; 1ST edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801096
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This rich collection from Nebula-winner Moon (The Speed of Dark) offers 15 stories spanning two decades of her career. Fans of the Chicks in Chainmail anthology series will enjoy And Ladies of the Club and three other tales of the intrepid females of the Ladies' Aid and Armor Society. In Gifts and Judgment, young men earn just rewards for their dedication and honor. Tradition is an alternate history about cowardice and bravery during WWI. The musicians in New World Symphony and Hand to Hand offer striking commentary on the price and value of creativity. Say Cheese is a humorous tale of bad luck and skillful trading set in the Vatta's War universe. The heart of the collection is Politics, a story of young soldiers serving a questionable authority; it sums up many of Moon's themes, from honor and family to being true to oneself. Readers who only know Moon's novels will be thrilled to learn that her short stories are equally entertaining and thoughtful. (Nov.)
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Elizabeth Moon grew up on the Texas-Mexico border, a voracious reader and early writer. She spent much of her early years in a hardware store where nothing was in shrink-wrap or little plastic containers, and mule collars still hung on the back wall. She has a history degree from Rice University and a biology degree from the University of Texas at Austin, plus some graduate work in biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio; between the first two, she spent three years on active duty in the USMC. Her bibliography includes 20+ novels and 30+ short fiction works, nearly all in science fiction or fantasy. REMNANT POPULATION was a Hugo finalist in 1997; THE SPEED OF DARK won the Nebula Award in 2003.

When not writing, she likes to wander around taking pictures of wildlife and native plants, bake bread, eat chocolate, sing with a choir, and laugh.

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This is a delightful and desired collection if you like Elizabeth Moon.
Rayge
With 15 short stories covering a wide range of settings and topics in the fantasy, SF and adventure realms, this book is a good sampler of Elizabeth Moon's work.
Neil G. Matthews
Some of the stories are better written than others, some of them have a better concept than others, and those two sets don't necessarily intersect.
Mike Garrison

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Maria Perry on October 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A collection of Elizabeth Moon's short stories. The contents are:
If Nudity Offends You
Gifts
Politics
And Ladies of the Club
Accidents Don't Just Happen - They're Caused
New World Symphony
No Pain, No Gain
Hand to Hand
Tradition
Fool's Gold
Judgment
Gravesite Revisited
Sweet Charity
Welcome to Wheel Days
Say Cheese
A deluxe limited edition also included the story 'Fencing In,' which was originally published in Ellery Queen August 1993 issue. Say Cheese takes place in the Vatta universe and involves Stavros and Gerard Vatta. It's pretty funny. It is the only previously unpublished story in this collection, but some of the others can be hard to find.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Kjartan Lindře on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A collection of 15 short stories written between 1988 and 2007. It contains one previously unpublished story from the Vatta's war universe. There is also a limited edition that contains one extra story called Fencing In written in 1993. The limited edtidions isbn is 978-1-59780-108-9 (the first edition has just replaced tha last "9" with a "6"

The book contains a number of stories in different universes, but some universes are recurring in a couple of stories. Highly enjoyable, and her short fiction is at least as good as her long fiction.

Also has an introductory essay by Anne MacCaffrey, but that was nothing special, just a recommandation of Moons writings.

A good read with several stories that will linger for quite some time
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Mincy on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As always, Moon excells at short fiction, however, buyers should be aware that two or three of the stories in this volume are repeated from an earlier compilation of short stories titles Phases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lavrouhin on March 27, 2008
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I am always buying short story collections by mistake. I buy the author and title without reading about the book and expecting a novel, and am generally disappointed. Even the really great authors have trouble pleasing me in this format. This book is the exception. Each story has what it takes to stand on its own. Many have relatives in emoon,s novels, and some, I would love to see novel versions of. A great combination of sensitive character development and humor. Plenty of action to keep you turning pages. She's on my list of "I read anything with her name on it" authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Garrison on May 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Short story collections tend to be uneven, and this one follows the general rule. Some of the stories are better written than others, some of them have a better concept than others, and those two sets don't necessarily intersect.

If you like Moon's stand-alone novels you will probably like this book. It's more of a departure from her space opera series, however.

I did think that "New World Symphony" was particularly interesting, although I couldn't quite accept the premise required.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hargrove on October 28, 2007
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I already knew I liked Elizabeth Moon's work before I read this collection, but this really is outstanding. It has a wide range of styles from serious to ridiculous. I liked them all.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A pretty lighthearted collection, as you may be able to tell from some of the story titles, where Moon just sets out to amuse. A couple of the stories being from the various Chicks In Chainmail anthologies, for example.

There are a couple of more serious pieces on old fashioned naval battles, and science fiction military those in charge decisions.

Overall, a bit better than a 3.

Moon Flights : If Nudity Offends You - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Gifts - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Politics - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : And Ladies of the Club - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Accidents Don't Just Happen-They're Caused - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : New World Symphony - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : No Pain, No Gain - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Hand to Hand - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Tradition - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Fool's Gold - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Judgment - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Gravesite Revisited - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Sweet Charity - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Welcome to Wheel Days - Elizabeth Moon
Moon Flights : Say Cheese - Elizabeth Moon

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Screwed up landing equals dead marines.

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A women's chest armour tax prompts some wizardly temporary plastic surgery shenanigans.

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Engineering genetics.

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Suitable local music.

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Music injury demonstration.

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