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Halo: Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe
     

Halo: Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe

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by Tobias S. Buckell, Brian Evenson, Jonathan Goff, Kevin Grace, Tessa Kum
 

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When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost—but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge. In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the

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When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there. When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost—but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge. In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend. This collection holds eleven stories that dive into the depths of the vast Halo universe, not only from the perspective of those who fought and died to save humanity, but also those who vowed to wipe humanity out of existence.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429941686
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/24/2009
Series:
Halo
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
248,129
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Tobias S. Buckell is the author of Halo: The Cole Protocol, Sly Mongoose, Ragamuffin and Crystal Rain. His books have been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Prometheus Award, and the Romantic Times Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Ohio after a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat they were living on, and he attended Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, where he still lives today. Buckell fell in love with science fiction at a young age, reading Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov novels when he was seven years old. He is now a full-time author and freelancer.


Tobias S. Buckell is the author of several novels including Halo: The Cole Protocol, Arctic Rising, Sly Mongoose, Ragamuffin, and Crystal Rain. His books have been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Prometheus Award, and the Romantic Times Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Ohio after a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat they were living on, and he attended Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, where he still lives today. Buckell fell in love with science fiction at a young age, reading Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov novels when he was seven years old. He is now a full-time author and freelancer.
BRIAN EVENSON is the author of a dozen books of fiction, including the story collections A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press, 2016), Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), the latter two of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009). His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award.
#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Halo, Gears of War, and Star Wars work. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.
Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year’s best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.
Eric Nylund is the author of Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike, and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, as well as the epic mythology series beginning with Mortal Coils and All That Lives Must Die, and The Resisters series for middle-grade readers. Born in the Los Angeles area, Nylund grew up in the mountains and pine forests of Truckee, California, and the Joshua trees and rattlesnakes of the Mojave Desert. He earned degrees in chemistry at U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. San Diego before leaving his Ph.D. program to become a writer. Besides writing his novels, he is the Director of Narrative Design at Microsoft Game Studios. He lives near Seattle on a rain-drenched mountain with his wife, Syne Mitchell, and their son.

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Halo: Evolutions: Essential Tales of the Halo Universe 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Judo More than 1 year ago
Great book! It has ten short stories in it and each one has a different style and new characters. It has all out war, mystery, suspense, and sometimes comedy. It goes from alien's point of view to Spartans point of view and even to the normal soldiers view. It has a perfect clash of war, politics and strategy.
Xexeter More than 1 year ago
This collection of short stories set in the Halo universe is perfect for every Halo fan. Every story progressed quickly, had a beautiful morale to it, and explored the Halo universe with a different map and compass than the previous Halo books. Each writer opened doors that I knew never existed, and I stepped into rooms already fully painted and furnished by the author. Spectacular. The best short story is by Halo veteran, Eric Nylund. He pens the short story "The Impossible Life and Possible Death of Preston J. Cole." The story is fantastic, even for the Halo universe, and once again explores a route that the previous Halo books could have not have traveled down. Although "The Mona Lisa" seems to be lacking in tempo and literature style than its fellow stories, even it was generally ok when I finished it. As the editor says in the foreword, enjoy each morsel, savor the taste of each story, and bon appetit!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Sorry...I have not read this at all, but it seems cool. This is a comment meant for the reviewer before me, on behalf of all of us reviewers on here and those looking for a good read: I don't mean to criticize you or complain dude, but I am commenting because I don't understand why in the world you would bother to give a review on something you have never even read before, just to give a review...and only to merely give it 1 star in the process...which affects the item's overall rating. That just seems pretty assinine & dumb to me. So it was a gift to someone else...good for you, but that being the case, don't waste the time & other people's time writing a review just to say that it was a gift and that no review is possible...and only giving it one star in the process. That's completely mental. From now on, how about only reviewing stuff you have actually read, and spare us all. It'd be appreciated. Thanks.
CollinsSilo More than 1 year ago
Halo evolutions Put plain and simple, this book is well written science fiction. Since it's a collection of shorts I'll just try to skim over some of the books content. One of my best reads was actually the first story in the book about Soren-66, a Spartan that failed to scale through the augmentation process in one piece. I hardly remember the names of characters in most books I read, after a few days, but Soren-66 kept ringing in my ears. I connected with this guy. This is a story that will strike home at your emotions and leave you wanting to know more about what happens to Soren. Great short by B. K Evenson. Another story I loved very much, and surprisingly, was MIDNIGHT IN THE HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN, by Frank O' Connor. A human ship is ambushed by Covenant Black ops forces as it makes out of slip space, all its crew murdered save for Baird. Knowing Frank O' Connor as just a game writer I didn't expect much from this story but was greatly amazed at the efficiency of delivery and how graphic the writing was. Simply put that I visited every corner of the MIDLOTHIAN and was highly entertained where I did not expect to find much entertainment. And you'll just love the shipboard AI at the very end of the story. STOMPING ON THE HEELS OF A FUSS: by Eric Raab, was another very good read, although not packed with emotion, the author was able to flesh out almost every character in the story which is not a very easy thing to accomplish when writing fiction. Ceretus, Parabum, Facius and all the human characters were great to follow. I loved the mood, the helplessness of the humans in the hands of brutal and savage brutes in the middle of a backwater planet. DIRT by Tobias Buckel , I also enjoyed, although the story might have been not-so fascinating, Tobias's ability to flesh out worlds and give his readers vivid pictures of locations and events remain very entertaining and ultimately worth the read. And of course, Karren Travis and Eric Nylund, what would you expect from those two? They delivered. You'll read about the gravemind and cortana's mind battle on high charity and get to know all about Admiral Preston Cole.in utter detail. No I won't reveal any part of those stories to you. You need to experience them first hand. All in all, this is a great book and almost all the stories in it to me, are either very entertaining or averagely so. If you're a Halo reader this is a must have for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Screw you if you want to complain what a babyish game this is you are seriously wrong cod would have never been as popular as it is with out halo plus halo gave life to a new gen. Of FPS. And i would bet you that 99% people who bought his book like halo as well i have a question why are you complaining about some ones spelling and on a reveiw of a book the comes from the game halo which YOU don't like. The world may never know because of your ignorance and your stupidity to write that on this reveiw page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whats the book after the "First Strike"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eric nylund's story wa the best, or the story about soren 66, midnight in the heart of midlothian was very funny from a dedicated halo fan
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Woohoo!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an exciting book i read it more than once and by the way im thirteen and read at a eleventh grade level
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it yourself or buy it as a gift. I dont care just buy it its so good. Perfect for halo anniversery and other holidays this book takes you through the life of a boy named soren who tries to kill his stepfather but it dosnt work so he runs away and ends up in a spartan camp and will soon be so called soren-66.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will suck any sexy girls boobs i am 15 I WANT SEX NOW
S-III More than 1 year ago
I should've give it a 5 I wish I could give it five star review because most of the stories are a most-read, but then It would mean putting it in the same spot as "better" books like The Ghost of Onyx or The Fall of Reach and that is just not fair to those other books :) Other that that, this book was awesome!
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This is a well written and captivating extension to the amazing Halo universe!
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