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Ice, Iron and Gold Hardcover – October 1, 2007
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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- Taking Freedom (Flights of Fantasy, 1999) is another fantasy tale about a sorceress who is determined to produce the perfect servant.
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- Ancestral Voices (Bolos 2, 1994) continues the tale of the company and its Bolo on their way back to Reality.
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As a military SF/alternate history storyteller Stirling is extremely good, and while his lesbian characters (of which he has many) are partially straight-guy kinky sex fantasy (most of his female couples are in Dominant/submissive relationships), he usually transcends that by giving his characters real depth and dimension. (His erotic work rarely feels patronizing to me, though it certainly can be prurient!) There's very little of that in this collection, though - I would comfortably give this to any fifteen or older boy or girl to read (largely due to the sometimes graphic violence in his stories). To round things out there's a mystery story set in his Emberverse, and a magical fantasy co-written with his wife Jan.
I liked these stories a lot - whether you do or not depends on whether or not you enjoy alternate history with a largely military SF twist to it. Since I grew up with brothers who read a lot of Golden Age SF I've always had a soft spot for it, and in many ways Stirling's interests mirror my own - so I really liked this.
That said overall the book was a disappointment. Many of the stories in other forms are reprints seen elsewhere and run the gamut from the lost Roman legion, some alternate history tales, and a couple of higher tech disaster stories. The several chapter short story concerning the survivors of a US infantry company in Central America after a worldwide collapse was pretty good and without what has become his almost stereotypical super woman hero as center for once. The last story in the book though made up for the other shortfalls as it was set in post Change England and was a type of political murder mystery, almost a Conan Doyle style story. That story also clues you in to more of what is happening elsewhere in the World that is lacking in the Sword of the Lady series.
Is the book worth full price? No but for a couple of bucks total, its worth the time to order. Not one of his best works by any means but it has some good spots in it.
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A compilation of early essays, before Stirling moved into his series of full-length novels.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like the Change-related stories. Lots of different aspect. Good adjunct to the Emberverse series. Stirling does some very neat things with ruined worlds.Published 9 months ago by Rick Mahoney
As with any collection of short stories, some were excellent and others so so. Overall though a nice collection.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A series of alternate history stories by on of my favorite authors. Some, if continued, would make interesting full length novels in themselves. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Willard S. Cushman
Did not realize this work is short stories. I really like the Change series and the work that Stirling co-authored with David Drake and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by hCharles Obert
For those of us addicts waiting for the next installment, this is a welcome fix.Published 13 months ago by Sitar player
I am biased towards Mr. Stirling's style of writing. Plenty of charactor development ending, usually, with a slight cliff hanger.Published 14 months ago by B. Lynn Stubblefield