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on June 4, 2014
Mr. McPhail round up a dozen good authors to make a very good if not slightly dark collection of stories. My favorites are Mother of Peace, Sheepdog (love the ironic title), Alone and Afar, Devil Dancers, and final The Children's Crusade. I really like The Children Crusade and Sheepdog but both end on a sour note but still great.
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on January 5, 2014
By Other Means (2011) is the third combat SF anthology in the Defending the Future series, following So It Begins. The initial volume in this sequence is Breach the Hull. This volume contains original fourteen stories, a novella and the author bios.

- "Mother of Peace" by James Chambers compels an aging and injured woman to search for a survivor.

- "Cybermarine" by Bud Sparhawk exposes a rift in the ranks.

- "Blankets" by Jeff Young solves a problem by an ancient method.

- "Sheepdog" by Mike McPhail joins a mixed team looking for survivors.

- "Splinter" by Andy Remic traces a Spiral agent as he searches for a rogue.

- "A Thing of Beauty" by Charles E. Gannon builds a work of art and liberation.

- "Alone and Afar" by Peter Prellwitz strains the abilities of a talented woman.

- "Hunger" by Jeffrey Lyman follows an independent food trader.

- "True Colors" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail confronts a unit with infiltrators.

- "Devil Dancers" by Robert E. Waters sends Apache warriors to fight in space.

- "The Oath" by James Daniel Ross takes a soldier to a left behind companion.

- "The Children's Crusade" by Patrick Thomas presents a lone soldier with a problem.

- "A Meal Fit for a God" by C. J. Henderson brings an Asian god to dinner.

- "Dawn's Last Light" by John G. Hemry visits the far future.

- "Delaying Action" by David Sherman puts the refugees between two enemy forces.

These tales generally look for alternatives to war. However, most find different ways to apply force and violence. Diplomacy and peace are not very effective in these stories.

Some of these stories are continuation of others in the previous volumes. Only three authors -- Young, Prellwitz, and Waters -- are new to this series. They also will be in future anthologies in this series.

The last tale is a continuation of the Demontech chronicles. This is the second Demontech novella in this sequence. Another -- Get Her Back -- is a sequel to this story.

The next installment in this sequence is No Man's Land.

Recommended for fans of combat SF. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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on January 10, 2015
I'm torn as a few of the stories I very much like, but some are just your standard futuristic military blah blah blah stuff. I figure as the authors of the good stories know who they are, the rating here is more for the editor in including good with so-so.

I probably should rate this higher, given that it is so much better than 90% of the dreck out there today, but I prefer to ignore the 90% independent dreck. Oh what the H I bump it up a star as even if half the stories in the book amused me it should be a 4 star.
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on December 18, 2012
An interesting story. Hard to put down. The anticipation for the next book kept building thru the story. Volume 2 should be great. Can't wait to start reading it.
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on July 25, 2013
Most of these stories were a good read. I also enjoyed the few which continued story lines from the other books in this series.
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on February 17, 2013
A good choice of short stories with no repetition. A mixture of science fiction with some fantasy. A good read.
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on November 8, 2014
there are some good stories in here.a couple weak ones too.worth buying,a good read
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While I do enjoy science fiction, I am not a big fan of military science fiction. I tried to get into the stories in `By Other Means', but they didn't strike a chord in me. Don't pass this book up just because I wasn't able to get into it, give it a try for yourself if military science fiction is your cup of tea.

Defending the Future series: Breach the Hull (1), So It Begins (2), By Other Means (3), No Man's Land (4)
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on April 9, 2011
This is the 3rd book in the series. The first was OK, the second not as good, and this one was just Lame. One or two good stories, a few more that were a chore to read, and some that would have caused brain damage if I had finished them. I read about half the stories. The other half were so bad that I skipped to the next story after a few pages. If there's a 4th book in the series I definitely will not buy it.
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