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- Publication Date : December 18, 2015
- File Size : 3713 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 381 pages
- Publisher : Castalia House (December 18, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B019KYLOKQ
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This volume is just as good as any of the previous installments. One major change is that China is featured as the bête noire instead of Russia, but otherwise the basic structure remains the same: short science fiction with a military focus is interspersed with non-fiction essays on military topics, all of it woven together with short introductions by Jerry.
There were some great stories in this volume. Standouts for me were "Flashpoint: Titan" by Cheah Kai Wai, "The Fourth Fleet" by Russell Newquist, "Among Thieves" by Poul Anderson, and '"Fly-by-Night"' by Larry Niven. All the stories in this volume were good, which makes it hard to pick my favorites, so I go by the ones that stick in my memory the best.
In particular, Larry Niven's contribution astonished me with how dense it was. Larry managed to pack so much detail into every sentence that I had a little trouble keeping up. I found myself scanning back every so often to make sure I hadn't missed something interesting. I often had. I hadn't previously considered getting into Known Space or the Man-Kzin Wars, but now I want to.
I've found a number of great authors via their contributions to this series, for example Gordon Dickson. In this case, I was already familiar with Larry's books with Jerry Pournelle, but I only kind of liked The Magic Goes Away, the only solo Niven book I've read. Looking back at my review, I wrote it up better than I remember it. Thanks to this collection, I'm willing to give Niven's other books a chance. Which is after all the point of short stories; they give you a chance to try authors out rapidly, and see who you might like to read more.
I think this volume continues a great tradition, and it has some great stories in it. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes any of the authors who contributed, fans of military science fiction, and anyone who likes a cracking good yarn. You should be able to find something you like.
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.
But overall a good read. Certainly for the price and the variety of authors it's a bargain.
I was most hesitant about the articles, as I enjoy mil-scifi but am often bored by endless technical details. Thankfully these articles have the correct balance: enough detail to explain the problem, but not so much that I felt overwhelmed. Two articles impressed me the most: Martin van Crevald's "War and Migration" is a fantastic overview of how these two elements have often worked in tandem; Cmdr Phillip Pournelle's article on "The Deadly Future of Littoral Sea Control" gave me a good understanding on how we can resurrect our hollowed out navy and turn it into an effective fighting force.
For the fiction, I am pleased to report that each and every story is enjoyable and thought-provoking. Some that struck a chord are mentioned below.
Charles Shao's "Seven Kill Tiger" still gives me chills as he explored a different field of war that could just be around the corner (I was reminded of Tom Clancy at his best); Allen Steele's "War Memorial" made me think about the inadvertent horrors of the battlefield. Both "Canny" (by Brian Noggle) and "What Price Humanity" (by David VanDyke) have me wondering about desperation, what it means to be human, and the burdens we're willing to pass along to others. "Among Thieves" (by Poul Anderson) and "Flashpoint: Titan" (by Cheah Kai Wai) spoke strongly about those who end up holding the line, whether by fate or chance, and their determination to fulfill their obligations by whatever means necessary.
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.
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Un grande ritorno nello spirito di oggi, all'insegna di un nuovo editore