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"Powered armor rocks our world...we're excited [by this] book of power-armor stories." -io9.com

"A collection exemplifying the theme, and definitely worth checking out." --Publishers Weekly

"Armored stands as the definitive anthology of its kind." --Bookgasm

"Whatever your tastes, Armored is sure to provide quite a few great tales, and it's always incredible to see the wide variety of styles and perspectives each author contributes to the whole. Some stories will have you wishing for a suit of your own, while others will have you vowing to never step foot inside anything that could run off on its own volition. Either way, you won't come away from Armored without feeling the impact." --Examiner.com

"Armored is a collection of short stories dealing primarily with powered armor of one variety or another. [...] I would heartily recommend this compilation to anyone interested in military science fiction and powered armor in particular." --MilitarySciFi.com

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John Joseph Adams, called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble, is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as EPIC, OTHER WORLDS THAN THESE, ARMORED, UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS: NEW ADVENTURES ON BARSOOM, LIGHTSPEED: YEAR ONE, BRAVE NEW WORLDS, WASTELANDS, THE LIVING DEAD, THE LIVING DEAD 2, BY BLOOD WE LIVE, FEDERATIONS, THE IMPROBABLE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, and THE WAY OF THE WIZARD. He is a four-time finalist for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of LIGHTSPEED and NIGHTMARE, and is the co-host of Wired.com's THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY podcast. Forthcoming anthologies include THE MAD SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION (Tor Books, 2013), WASTELANDS 2 (Night Shade Books, 2013), and ROBOT UPRISINGS (Doubleday, 2014). Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and on Twitter @JohnJosephAdams.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638172
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nickolas X. P. Sharps VINE VOICE on April 4, 2012
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If you know me then you know I absolutely hate short stories. If you don't know me: Hello nice to meet you, I hate short stories. I hate all short fiction really, novellas and poems and such. I took a fiction writing course and it was all about writing short fiction. I hated that too. But! If there was ever an anthology I was ever going to enjoy it had to be ARMORED, edited by John Joseph Adams and published by Baen. A whole collection of stories solely based around my favorite science fiction concept - power armor. With a foreword by Orson Scott Card and an unbeatable roster of authors from Dan Abnett to Brandon Sanderson to Tobias Buckell, ARMORED could be the military sci-fi Promised Land. So how did it fare? Read on.

The anthology opens up with a foreword by Orson Scott Card that really sets the stage for the stories to come. This is followed by an introduction by John Joseph Adams that also amps readers up and gets the gears going. Rather than review each of the stories (there are 23 in all) I will just dip into the highlights, and man are those highlights difficult to choose from. This anthology is just that good.

"The Johnson Maneuver" by Ian Douglas starts the book with a bang. Douglas knows his Marine Corps history and aptly develops the image of future soldiers in a satisfying fashion. The power armor featured is cool (and this is just ceremonial armor!) and the aliens are really interesting. The most important part of the story as the opening act of a whole collection about power armor is the reminder that it is never about the armor, it's about the man inside.

"Jungle Walkers" by David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell is a near future tale that pits an unarmored weapons platoon in South America against some very heavy metal.
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Allow me to put it out there from the get go that I was interested in reading this book because I am a big Brandon Sanderson fan and enjoyed his short story Firstborn. All but one other author were unknown to me, but I had high hopes for this anthology. There are plenty of stories in here to enjoy and get your mental gears turning, but there are also several that were either difficult to follow (and thus not enjoyable) or simply uninteresting. I will touch on each story briefly and try not to be too verbose.

[The Good (or stories I enjoyed and had a positive impact)]

The Johnson Maneuver
The book starts with a futuristic retelling of an amazing real life event. Very enjoyable and a perfect opening story for this anthology.

Hel's Half-Acre
Amusing war story with a great twist that had me sadistically laughing.

Find Heaven and Hell in the Smallest Things
Neat concept with an ending I didn't see coming but enjoyed.

Armor: A Love Story
A love story, in a military science fiction story? Call me dumbstruck, but I liked it!

Trauma Pod
Not a lot in terms of action, but gives off a mysterious vibe that pays off at the end. As a side note, given the futuristic setting, I couldn't help but shake my head at the author's use of IPv4 for communication when, today, IPv6 is being pushed since we're running out of IPv4 addresses.

Nomad
Initially confusing due to the frequent use of the odd terminology, but ultimately an enjoyable read.
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I bought this book based on a recommendation from both Amazon and Goodreads that those who had read John Steakley's "Armor" would enjoy it. I am happy to report that they were correct. As with all short story anthologies, there were a few that missed the mark in my opinion. The majority however did exactly what Orson Scott Card and John Joseph Adams said was planned: explored the relationship between Mech and Man... explored the limits of both man and machine... explored futures where being human means something different from what you might expect.
Several of these stories had me reading author bios to find out where I could read more of their writings. Two of the best, as you might expect, come from Michael Stackpole and Brandon Sanderson. That is not to take anything away from any of the other amazing stories, but these two did such a good job exploring the emotions and building the worlds around the armor that I found myself disappointed when I got to the last page and found an end instead of another chapter or volume.
If this is the quality of anthology that Adams commonly puts together, I will have to find more of them.
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I grew up loving mecha stories and once I heard about this anthology I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. After reading through it the collection opened me up to some differing points of view on powered armor. Every story and every author tells a unique story from a unique perspective. The art of the short story in the last decade has been overlooked in favor of multi-book stories detailing a continuous and expansive universe, but these short stories go the opposite direction and give you snippets into other realities in a very satisfactory manner.
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