- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (November 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481482815
- ISBN-13: 978-1481482813
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jim Baen Memorial Award: The First Decade Paperback – November 7, 2017
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About the Author
William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning writer with more than fifty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Writers of the Future, Escape Pod, Daily SF, the SFWA blog, and Ad Astra. He's been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He administers the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest for Baen Books and the National Space Society, is a member of SFWA, the National Space Society of North Texas, a Launch Pad Astronomy workshop graduate, is the Science Track coordinator for the Fencon convention and is a consulting editor at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. He lives near Dallas with his wife and three spoiled cats.
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These are really modern stories for people who love classic sci-fi. They're hopeful and encouraging and smart, and I liked them a lot.
"The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science..." by cosponsoring an annual Jim Baen Memorial Short Story contest.
Here are the rules: "Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration."
Here are the last three words of the "What We Want To See" section: "heroics, sacrifice, adventure".
I was struck with some of the fresh perspectives: When was the last time you read a story about senior citizens manning a space station or an alternate history with an American astronaut & Russian cosmonaut rescuing each other in space during the Cold War or an astronaut who thinks he's Macguyver getting his wounded spacecraft to safety against all odds, etc., just to describe three of these terrific stories?
Nebula-Award-winning editor William Ledbetter has assembled this "collection of the best stories from [the] first ten years" of the contest.
Nine stories struck me as glorious/terrific/wow!/totally cool while three were certainly good and three were not quite my cup of tea (but, of course, were well written just the same).
Your mileage will likely vary but I can wholeheartedly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys good hard science fiction short stories, especially stories about the possible near future of space exploration!
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to be given an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) by the editor in exchange for an honest review.