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About the Author

S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the popular Nantucket series that began with Island in the Sea of Time.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; First Trade Ed edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597801151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597801157
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ice, Iron and Gold (2007) is a collection of SF and Fantasy stories. It contains thirteen short stories -- fourteen in the limited edition -- from various anthologies. One is original to this collection.

- Riding Shotgun to Armageddon (Armageddon, 1998) is a story set in the Island in Time series. It is about a war to prevent an uptimer from establishing a private kingdom.

- Three Walls-32nd Campaign (Foreign Legions, 2001) is a tale about a Roman legion abducted by aliens and used to fight against other, more primitive, aliens.

- Cops and Robbers (Far Frontiers IV, 1986) tells of a crosstime shopping trip that goes wrong.

- Roachstompers (New Destinies, 1989) relates the trials of a future border patrol company during a severe economic downturn.

- Constant Never (Dragon's Eye, 1994) is a fantasy about a Frankish knight who finds a chance to better his life by killing a dragon.

- Taking Freedom (Flights of Fantasy, 1999) is another fantasy tale about a sorceress who is determined to produce the perfect servant.

- Lost Legion (Bolos, 1993) recounts the problems of a US Army infantry company that has been left hanging in Central America while the homeland is having troubles. Then they receive a one hundred fifty ton combat vehicle designated as a Mark III Bolo.

- Ancestral Voices (Bolos 2, 1994) continues the tale of the company and its Bolo on their way back to Reality.

- The Sixth Sun (Bolos 4, 1997) concludes the storyline about the company and its Bolo. The native cult gets their hands on a massive railgun and tries to destroy the Bolo.

- The Apotheosis of Martin Padway (Enchanter Completed, 2005) is a time travel story.
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This is a collection of thirteen stories only one, a detective procedural set the "Dies the Fire" universe is new. Three are Bolo stories that form connected narrative. All are enjoyable showcasing Stirling's depth of research and background. Two are outstanding: "The Apotheosis of Martin Padway" which percisely that and contiues the story of deCamp's "Lest Darkness Fall" trumphally and "The Charge of Lee's Brigade" a rewrite of the Charge of the Light Brigade with Robert E. Lee improving the result.
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A collection of short stories/novelettes from SF/Alternate History writer S.M. Stirling (the Draka books, the ISLANDS IN THE SEA OF TIME books), ICE, IRON AND GOLD contains stories from various Stirling Universes and Shared Universes like Keith Laumer's Bolo stories, as well as some stories that appear to be self-contained.

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.
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Didn't even know this collection of short stories was out there and was very pleased to find out it existed. I'm a big fan of Mr Stirling's works, his own and those done with others such as Jerry Pournelle.

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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This IS an Anthology of some of the best science fiction written (unlike the 2014 book by that name) even if all the stories are written by one author, S.M. Stirling. I had read three of the stories before but they were still really good. Look up S.M. Sterling. His books and series (Island in the Sea of Time, Change, Draka) are ALL top notch. READ THEM. You will not be disappointed.
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