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- Publisher: Castalia House (December 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019KYLOKQ
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There Will Be War Volume X Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Volume 10, the latest There Will Be War, is worthy to stand with the best of that series. Mil-sf doesn't get better than this.
Solid, well written, great characters and stories that put the fun back into science fiction. The history and opinion pieces are timely. This is a book you will read more then once.
Bravo, and when can we look forward to volume XI?
But overall a good read. Certainly for the price and the variety of authors it's a bargain.
The concept of the anthology is a collection of short stories and short non-fiction about future war. It includes a lot of original stuff and some reprints, and tends to be quality stuff. Here are a few of the specific items I found noteworthy:
The Man Who Wasn't There by Gregory Benford is a near-future reflection on anti-terrorism. Gripping and plausible.
The 4GW Counterforce is a non-fiction discussion of the type of troops needed to fight 4th Generation Warfare. It was interesting, although I will eventually write my magnum opus on 4th GW which (spoiler alert) will say it's just a rehash of fighting the Plains Indians of the 1800s.
Battle Station by Ben Bova - one of the tropes of old-school SF is a World Government, controlling by threat of orbital nuclear annihilation. The question is who controls the bombs? Bova has a gripping answer.
The War Memorial by Allen M. Steele is a short and poignant piece, and reminds us that war is always terrible.
War and Migration by Martin van Creveld is a cranky little piece of non-fiction arguing that every migration of people in history was the same as warfare. It's notable in that Creveld, a migrant to Israel writing for an American audience, exempts from his review certain migrations.
Flashpoint: Titan by Cheah Kai Wai is refreshing in that the heroes of the story aren't primarily Americans.
The Fourth Fleet by Russell Newquist I found irritating for a couple of reasons. The first, which jumped out at me immediately, was the "United States Space Navy" - an entity with no historical explanation or support. The second, which to be fair was a bit of fridge logic, had to do with the big surprise at the end regarding the number of pirates.
Among Thieves by Poul Anderson is a reprint, but a classic of the genre. Essentially, two planets, call them Army Planet and Space Fleet Planet, have been at war for centuries - a war neither can fully win. Earth has been content to let them fight each other to the last of their men. Then an Army Planet leader has a better idea.