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New York Times best-selling Author S. M. Stirling’s first collection gathers his most interesting and evocative short stories, drawn from the length of his professional career. More than 100,000 words of fiction, including an original story, make this book a must for fans of Stirling's work. Whether Stirling is exploring alternate histories, chronicling military sf exploits, or off-kilter contemporary settings, his insightful characterizations and compelling plots are distinct ...
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New York Times best-selling Author S. M. Stirling’s first collection gathers his most interesting and evocative short stories, drawn from the length of his professional career. More than 100,000 words of fiction, including an original story, make this book a must for fans of Stirling's work. Whether Stirling is exploring alternate histories, chronicling military sf exploits, or off-kilter contemporary settings, his insightful characterizations and compelling plots are distinct and memorable.
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Stirling (The Sunrise Lands)shows off his prowess in both alternate history and military SF with his first short story collection. Noteworthy selections include the original Holmesian mystery "Something for Yew," set in Stirling's Emberverse (an alternate universe where Earth's modern civilizations have lost all technological advances), in which an intrepid English detective inspector must solve a murder with subtle political underpinnings before it triggers an apocalyptic world war; "Three Walls-32nd Campaign," a military SF gem about a legion of Roman soldiers who, having been enslaved by an alien trading guild, become their low-tech killing machines; and Island in the Sea of Time tie-in "Riding Shotgun to Armageddon," which follows a renegade American who brings advanced weaponry to Bronze Age Egyptians. While the lack of thematic scope will limit the collection's potential audience, fans of David Drake, Harry Turtledove and Eric Flint will find Stirling's short fiction both meticulously researched and compelling. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597801164
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 844,891
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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S.M. Stirling
S.M. Stirling

S. M. Stirling is the author of many SF and fantasy novels, including "Island in the Sea of Time," "Dies the Fire," and "Protector,"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Entertaining ¿ ***¿

    I'm not a fan of zombie movies, but with the recent spate of zombie fiction, I figured this one was short and cheap so I'd give it a go. I was not disappointed. The story is told in alternating points of view between two main characters, housemates whose complicated relationship serves as the emotional backdrop to the zombie outbreak. They are both reasonably complicated, messed-up real people. While attempting to understand, survive, and navigate the dangers and moral ambiguities of the apocalypse, they show courage and weakness in equal measures. Most of the secondary characters seem less clearly developed, though mostly as complicated in their own ways.

    As a side note, some of the sexual content seems ostensibly gratuitous (and horrific in most of the several examples) and may be objectionable to some readers, but there is a logical explanation which is a little bit of a plot point, so just hang in there.

    For those who do follow zombie movies, novels, and even antrhropology, the characters are well-familiar with the genre and make several popular references. All in all, this was not great literature, but decently entertaining and mildly thought-provoking.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    A mixed bag, but overall good

    Like all books of short stories, some are stronger than others. I liked the series of stories (mini-novel, really) set in South America. Some of the stories will not make much sense unless you have read either the Nantucket alternate history or the "Dies the Fire" series, but most of the stories stand alone with good characterization, plotting and pace. It is typical Stirling fare, so if you're a fan you'll like this. If you don't know Stirling, you might try one of his novels first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Trite.

    And stupid.

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