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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (Donald A. Wollheim); anthology edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756401474
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Biologist Julie E. Czerneda's science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do.

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Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice.

Mindy's travels took her through multiple careers - from litigator to librarian to full-time writer. Mindy's travels have also taken her through various literary genres for readers of all ages - from traditional fantasy to paranormal chick-lit to category romance, from middle-grade to young adult to adult. She is a USA Today bestselling author.

In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her endless to-be-read shelf. Her husband and cats do their best to fill the leftover minutes.

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Then interesting things start happening.
Arthur W. Jordin
The future in space, be it with aliens or robots, will still need humans.
Michael Valdivielso
A wonderful book of short stories based on jobs in the future.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The premise of this short story collection is quite simple yet very clever. These tales focus on employment in outer space in the distant future when the solar system and beyond are settled and are short hops away. The fourteen tales that make up this anthology are fun to follow as the audience, for the most part, will believe in the various worlds, species, and especially the assorted jobs. The want ads that open up each story are enjoyable in of themselves as they put the space twist to typical employment opportunities whether they are minimum wage custodial workers, professional blue-collar skills or office work.
The SPACE INC. collection entertains the audience who will finish the book and wonder with their present skills what job could he or she hold in outer space. As for moi, telecommuting as an intergalactic book reviewer using Babel to translate critiques into Martian (thrillers), Venusian (romance), or Jovian (epic fantasy) seems obvious so where is that want ad?
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hebert on September 14, 2003
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I highly recommend this book!
The stories contained are in the Hard SF category and set mostly in the near future and within our own solar system.
Some of my favourites are:
I KNEW A GUY ONCE - kept me laughing at how people don't change, no mater where they are.
COME ALL YE FAITHFUL - What an interesting story; what would it be like to be a priest on Mars?
CATALOG OF WOE - Really makes you think about the responsibility of colonizing new worlds.
A MAN'S PLACE - No job is unimportant in space!
Most of the stories are of high quality and the book is well worth the money!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on January 12, 2009
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Space Inc. (2003) is an SF anthology about future jobs. The editor is herself the author of many books about vocational choices as well as several interesting SF novels. The fourteen stories range from the sublime to the absurd.

Each tale is headed by a want ad (or other short document), usually describing requirements for the job that is illustrated within the story. Some are rather vague, whimsical or misleading.

- The Eightfold Career Path; or Invisible Duties by James Alan Gardner exemplifies both the sublime and the absurd, combining the Eightfold Path with tales of human foibles. In this story, Marco Polo listens to Kublai Khan relate parables that supposedly illustrate the path to enlightenment. The humor is obvious, but wisdom is concealed within.

- Porter's Progress by Isaac Szpindel tells the story of Pullman Porters and the heroic actions of Peter Dripps on the Venus Orbit line. This one is more fanciful than otherwise.

- Catalog of Woe by Mundy L. Klasky conveys the sad tale of Sarah in her job as a reference librarian for Jessup Universal Mining. She is torn between her conscience and her lover.

- Ferret and Red by Josephus Sherman relates the interaction of these mechanics with an avian sapiens species suffering from a superiority complex. The Birds consider humans to be inferior, much like Untouchables.

- A Man's Place by Eric Choi shows the importance of a good cook, particularly on Luna. He solves problems instead of making them.

- Dancing in the Dark by Nancy Kress relates the hopes and fears of a ballet teacher with squid-like students. She grows to like her students despite their appearance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bascomb James on March 2, 2014
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Space Inc. was published in 2003 but it is still available from Amazon as a mass market paperback and as a Kindle file. This is story collection features future jobs in space, not the highly publicized explorer jobs, but rather, those of doctor, priest, cook, space rigger, mechanic, bartender, librarian, porter, dance instructor, tour guide, and other professions. Each story begins with a Help Wanted advertisement or other document describing the company version of the job description. The anthology provides an interesting and wide-ranging look at the work-a-day worlds of our future workforce.

My favorite stories included:
Tanya Huff’s “I Knew a Guy Once.” A bartender is hired to improve morale and productivity in a mining station in Jupiter orbit. A wonderful and interesting romp that will leave you smiling.

Eric Choi’s “A Man’s Place.” A lonely cook on a lunar mining installation asks the right questions in an emergency. A really nice mix of technology and human interest. Even a cook’s job is highly technical in this environment.

Doranna Durgin’s “Feef’s House.” A space drifter struggles to adapt to the world of permanent residents and their exotic pets as she works to repay her medical expenses. Perfectly juxtaposes the duster’s creed and her vigorously-suppressed desire for permanency. Pleasantly poignant and uplifting.

All-in-all, this is an enjoyable collection of 14 SF short stories. I highly recommend this book.
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This is a fine collection of "help wanted" related science fiction stories and it works fairly well at that.

One of several "themed" science fiction and fantasy collections, this one focuses on the jobs that might await Mankind as we move out among the stars. Some are jobs we know and love already, such as a doctor who has to deal with a new alien race that nobody knows about. Others are utterly new jobs that come with the new technologies that are developed-the story "Ferret and Red" is a fantastic example of this. Some are just weird--I honestly could barely make heads or tails out of "The Eightfold Careet Path" but completely loved the off-beat "Come All Ye Faithful". As with any such collection of course your mileage will vary,a nd with 14 stories you've got a lot of choice.

I liked this collection though perhaps not as much as I thought I would. The theme is a bit different and that appeals to me. Recommended for any fan of science fiction collections in general and/or fans of the subject matter.
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