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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Flying Pen Press LLC (April 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098459275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984592753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,344,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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War has always been a part of human existence, and those battles will spill into deep space. "Space Battles" is a collection of science fiction short stories focused on war in space, as seventeen authors come together and discuss the next generation of combat. From ships that can think for themselves, how much one is really willing to sacrifice, and other dilemmas that may face us in the future. For those enraptured by deep space and the far future, "Space Battles" is a strongly enticing collection, not to be missed. -- Midwest Book Reviews, October 2012

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The sixth in the popular series of old fashioned, action packed science fiction tales, this anthology covers both space opera and military science fiction, and its family friendly, unlike a few of the others. More than ever, if you enjoy old fashioned heroes against tough odds in tales of action adventure, this collection's the one for you. Includes several stories tied to author's novels or those in other FTST anthologies.

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Reading this book has reminded me of all the reasons I love Sci-Fi.
P. Creeden
Honestly if you just want some quick reads that are done very well Space Battles is a good choice.
Eric Townsend
The stories, for the most part, are interesting, fun, and full of action and great characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Solid and fun, all the way through. Some of the stories are better than others, but there's not a true stinker in the lot. Some of the standouts for me were:

"The Thirteens": Enjoyed the nautical flavor and the plot twist in the end.

"Like So Much Refuse": Nice balance of two enemy POVs, making both sympathetic.

"Jump Point Blockade": Good conflict catalyst with the hero blithely starting a war.

"First Contract": Loved the banter.

"The Book of Enoch": The Amish go to space? What's not to love?

"Space Battle of the Bands": Cool weapon idea.

"With All Due Respect": Nice new angle with the hero being a diplomat instead of a fighter.

"The Hand of God": Good use of full-on action.

"Guard Dog": Chilling and haunting - in a good way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Creeden TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Often Sci-Fi is appealing to readers because it provides an escape while simultaneously bringing the reader into an intelligent and logical look at problems found in our present society. It is sharp in its manipulation of the reader's contemplation. The stories found in this genre bring to the readers mind, almost subconsciously, difficulties in our culture with the treatment of females, race, religion, violence, and justice. They twist the subject into a forgivable future that can shape our thinking. Reading this book has reminded me of all the reasons I love Sci-Fi.

In Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6, the reader is privy to tales of characters who are attacked because of race or religion, hunted by an avenger, hunted for food, attacked by an unknown enemy, and given no quarter. Each of the stories in this anthology brings the reader into the life or death struggle of war in the Sci-Fi medium of space travel. This is a book both to be enjoyed as well as savored.

Short fiction gives the reader the opportunity to peer into a short moment of a "person's" life. These battles are turning points for the characters. The authors of these tales can be lauded for their abilities to develop credible people who we care about as they battle for their lives. If you are interested in adrenaline pumping suspense combined with clever twists in short bites this one's for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Townsend on October 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Space Battles is a collection of 17 different short stories centered on, you guessed it, space battles. They each have their own unique way of displaying a battle and include anything from one-on-one gun fights, to dogfights between single ships, to even full scale assaults on battle cruisers. Space Battles has a good mix of female and male characters, and generally speaking the women kick even more tail than their male counterparts, a refreshing thing to see especially in this genre. In Space Battles you will find mixtures of humor, a wide variety of sub-genres such as Space Opera and Military Science Fiction, as well as all the action you can handle and more. You will find sentient spacecrafts and Amish space truckers, that's right I said Amish which are shown in a way you could never imagine! There is a little something in Space Battles for everyone.

The character depth is excellent despite the fact that the average length of the stories is about 15 pages or so, quite an achievement when you consider that they have to pack these short stories with as much action as you can handle as well. You have some stories that will make you laugh such as The Thirteens by Gene Mederos where a particular incident involving slippers had me in a fit of giggles. Others will make you appreciate those in the military as admirals valiantly fight to save their ship, and their way of life such as in Like So Much Refuse by Simon C. Larter. Some examine the will to live and the will to die such as in Never Look Back by Grace Bridges. I was hardly able to set the book down as each new story sent adrenaline into my system.

If you enjoy anything in the realm of science fiction this is a book I highly recommend you go out and get.
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Anthologies usually have a recurring theme, but rarely do they contain such a multiple of varying ideas while still maintaining an element of familiarity.
The range of stories Bryan Thomas Schmidt has assembled for Space Battles - Full Throttle Space Tales #6 has just enough individuality to keep the reader intrigued while maintaining the broader space battle element. Each story stands alone, yet as a whole, the anthology is a cohesive collaboration of talented authors.
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This collection was extremely fun. Most of the stories are short enough to read on a daily commute (don't read while driving, please!), but long enough to be full stories with fully developed characters and plots.

The stories (as the title suggests) all revolve around battles in space. Whether they deal with ship vs. ship, ship vs. fleet, fleet vs. fleet, drones vs. fleet, or ship sabotage in the midst of a battle, all the stories remain tightly focused on the battle while still focusing enough on character (a must for shorts) keeping you at the edge of your seat.

The standout stories:

"The Thirteens" by Gene Mederos was an interesting one. The story felt just a tad rushed, but the science involved was awesome, and the characters well-rounded.

"Jump Point Blockade" by David Lee Summers had GREAT characters (space pirates!), and a fast-moving, interesting story (with the backstory hinted at very well).

"The Book of Enoch" by Matthew Cook focused on a single character dealing with his inner conflict while portraying a rich world around the character. Had a great resolution at the end that complemented the world-building very well.

"The Joystick War" by Jean Johnson was just plain, old fun. I could have done without some of the Alien diction (adding the extra "r" or "n" here and there), but the aliens themselves (cat-like, more or less) were really cool, and the story was just as cool (not to mention the Star Wars references in there made me LOL).

"The Hand of God" by Bryan Thomas Schmidt (the editor of the book and friend of the show) was edge-of-your-seat from sentence one. I loved the space-pirate/smuggler character the story focused on.
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