The embers of War still glow as memories of strange skies over an alien landscape, light-years from home, bring back the sensations of battle; a time when personal sacrifice meant the difference between salvation for all, or total destruction.
Gathered here is a cross-section of stories from the first decade of the award-winning Defending The Future series. Written by the known and up-and-coming in the military science fiction genre, these stories represent the fan-requested highlights from the series.
About the Author
Jack McDevitt is a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, customs officer, and motivational trainer who is now a full-time writer. He is the author of the Alex Benedict novels — including Firebird — and the Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins series of books — sometimes referred to as the Academy series. His novel Seeker won the 2006 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
Table of ContentsBlack to Move by Jack McDevitt 1
Compartment Alpa by Jeffrey Lyman 9
Thresher by Lawrence M. Schoen 23
Peter Power Armor by John C. Wright 33
Junked by Andy Remic 51
First Line by Danielle Ackley-McPhail 69
To Spec by Charles E. Gannon 81
The Glass Box by Bud Sparhawk 101
Everything's Better With Monkeys by C.J. Henderson 113
Mother of Peace by James Chambers 133
Blankets by Jeff Young 149
Sheepdog by Mike McPhail 161
Devil Dancers by Robert E. Waters 181
Dawn's Last Light by John G. Hemry 201
Cracking the Sky by Brenda Cooper 209
Gambit by Nancy Jane Moore 225
Godzilla Warfare by Maria V. Snyder 247
The Stone of the First High Pontiff by Keith R.A. DeCandido 265
Chitter Chitter Bang Bang by David Sherman 281
Iron Horses by Judi Fleming 297