Future Wars . . . and Other Punchlines

Future Wars . . . and Other Punchlines


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Future Wars . . . and Other Punchlines by Hank Davis

Trade paperback humorous military science fiction anthology. Featuring a mix of classic science fiction reprints and original stories by Baen regulars. Includes stories by David Drake, Frederik Pohl, Howard F. Waldrop, Christopher Anvil and more.

War, as the general said, is hell, but it also has its humorous moments, though the humor may be grim, and you “had to be there” to get the joke. War is likely to continue into the future, and into space, no matter how many idealistic speeches are made and U.N. sponsored treaties get signed, and so will the wartime jokes, ranging from slapstick to gallows humor. And if “you had to be there” to get the point, some of the best writers in science fiction are on board to put you there . . .

David Drake, the Dean of military science fiction, turns to fantasy and shows the result of having a combat balloon manned by halflings of dubious competence.
Frederik Pohl tells of the invasion of Earth by aliens with impenetrable force shields, and how a goldbricking soldier with all the ethics of a career politician became an unlikely (and unwilling) hero.
Herbert Gold considers the lighter (?) side of the strategy of M.A.D. (Mutual Assured Destruction).
Theodore R. Cogswell, in a story which the Science Fiction Writers of America voted into their Science Fiction Hall of Fame, presents an isolated planet’s outpost, left behind after the collapse of galactic civilization, and the psychological subterfuge that kept morale from failing.
Steven Utley and Howard F. Waldrop, in a Nebula Award and Locus Award-nominated work of alternate history, report on General George Armstrong Custer’s ill-fated mission when he and his dirigible-borne paratroopers were attacked by Chief Crazy Horse’s biplane squadron.
Christopher Anvil shows that when aliens with overwhelming technological superiority invade Earth, their campaign can completely unravel because the local conditions are nothing like those back home. (A tornado is just moving air—how could that be dangerous?)

And more!

Future war may be future hell—but there’ll also be future hilarity.

About Future Wars . . . and Other Punchlines:

"A question at science fiction conventions has long been "Can you combine humor and science fiction?" The answer with "Future Wars... And Other Punchlines" is an overwhelming yes". Hank Davis has collected some of the finest short stories that do both, tell good sf while being very funny. Some of the authors he has included are Frederik Pohl, Clifford D. Simak, Gordon Dickson, David Drake and Sarah A. Hoyt. A special mention has to be given to Fredric Brown who was a master of the shorter short story that many times was only one page. He is included here with "Sentry" Like many of his works of sf there is a surprise ending that is memorable. "Future Wars... And Other Punchlines" is great fun for anyone who likes to read short stories."Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476780801
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: BAEN Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 856,216
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Hank Davis is Senior Editor at Baen Books. He served in Vietnam in the Army and has a story in Harlan Ellison's(R) The Last Dangerous Visions as well as stories in Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Orbit anthology series. He is the editor of several popular anthologies, including The Baen Big Book of Monsters, A Cosmic Christmas, A Cosmic Christmas 2 You, In Space No One Can Hear You Scream, and others.

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