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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  381 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnet, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell) on a future warrior that might very well be just around the corner. Science fiction readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits o ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 579 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Baen
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Sadly, for those who write introductions and forewords for anthologies, I often only glance at them in passing, then move on to the good stuff – the stories. In this instance, the first sentence of the foreword by Orson Scott Card leapt out and grabbed me, just as the first line of a good story should. I read the entire thing and enjoyed it. Card had many thought-provoking things to say about why someone wears armour and who that person is, essentially, a theme explored by many of the stories in ...more
This is a short story collection that revolves around powered armor or mechs in some fashion (think Armor, Starship Troopers, Battletech), usually in combat of some sort but not always. In fact, some of the best stories in the collection weren't necessarily about combat.

Of the 23 stories, written but various sci-fi authors as Jack Campbell, Ian Douglas, Genevieve Valentine, Alastair Reynolds, and Michael A. Stackpole (among others), half of them were enjoyable but nothing really outstanding. Fo
Gunner McGrath
In the interest of owning every Brandon Sanderson story, I decided to pick this book up. Imagine my delight when I found a brand new, autographed copy on Amazon for under $2 ($6 shipped)!

Despite the relatively high ratio of very good stories to bad ones in this anthology, I find my overall impression of the collection to be mediocre. Many of these stories feel like their only purpose was to be included in this book, though I'm sure that's probably not the case, and plenty others were very origi
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
It seems ages since I last read an anthology of short SF stories. It used to be ALL I ever used to read at times when I was a student in Leeds and it really broadened my experience of SF. This book is very much in the same vein; a series of short stories tied together by the theme of "powered/ sentient body armour". The range of stories is very good so no reader should find it disappointing - I can't think of any that I felt let down by but there were a number that I really did like.
"Hell's Half
I only found this because I was doing a search on Lauren Beukes, I wasn't looking for a book about military sci-fi. But the editor is right, who doesn't love a story with some good powered armor? Starship Troopers was probably my first, the Iron Man movies probably the wittiest (and biggest budget), Mark L. Van Name's Jon & Lobo series uses it to good effect. So while I'm not the biggest fan of military sci-fi (I like it in general, I'm just not into detailed battles and strategies), I had t ...more
My ultimate take-away from this collection of stories is that there's nothing new to say about power armor. All you can hope for is really good writing of tales we've seen before. If you've never read stories about this sort of thing, this might be a decent introduction, but this is well-trod ground for long-time readers of SF.

Of course, the problem is that I'm measuring these stories against the best the field has come up with. Haldeman's The Forever War, heinlein's Starship Troopers and especi
Apr 13, 2014 Ric marked it as to-read
(This review is based on an ARC.) How to rate an anthology has always been a struggle. Invariably, they end up in the 3-star "I don't know" category. Plus I seldom read all the stories. So for this exercise, I'll give ratings for each story that I actually try to read.


"Hel’s Half-Acre" Jack Campbell
"Jungle Walkers" David Klecha & Tobias S. Buckell

"The Johnson Maneuver" Ian Douglas
"The Cat’s Pajamas" Jack McDevitt


Alex Ristea
Seeing as how I haven't touched this book in over a year, and it's currently sitting in storage somewhere, I think it's safe to say that we'll be shelving this away until a later date.

Anthologies are always hit or miss, and this one unfortunately fell into the latter category.
A very good collection of short SF by some great authors.
I bought this book based on a recommendation from both Amazon and Goodreads that those who had read John Steakley's "Armor" would enjoy it. I am happy to report that they were correct. As with all short story anthologies, there were a few that missed the mark in my opinion. The majority however did exactly what Orson Scott Card and John Joseph Adams said was planned: explored the relationship between Mech and Man... explored the limits of
Jules Jones
This anthology was included in the Hugo Voting Packet as the sample of Adams' work for the short form editor category. As one might expect from the title, the stories are all about powered armour. However, it's not just military powered armor. There are plenty of civilian uses, and some of them get an airing in this book.

Most of the stories are at least readable, and some are excellent. The anthology does suffer a little from the stories starting to seem too much the same after a while, but I th
Awesome. Why? Because it's mechanized armor, that's why. Who doesn't loved armored suits?? NO ONE.
Andy Phillips
This is a great collection of short stories featuring power armour of various types. Despite the blurb and cover, not all of the tales are military sci-fi, but most of them have some sort of combat element. There is enough variety to keep things interesting, and no real stinkers in the collection. My one possible criticism is that power armour stories is quite a niche subject, but it's pretty clear that's what you're getting, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I'll try to summarise the contents of th
Daniel Shellenbarger
Armored is a collection of stories about power armor. Most of these are humans fighting aliens in mech-suits though a fair portion of the stories are not about warfare or put a different spin on the use of power armor (putting it in the context of modern warfare or even steampunk-y conceptions of power armor). I'm not usually into anthologies, but I've always had a soft spot for power armor (since reading Starship Troopers in college) and several of the authors involved (Brandon Sanderson, Micha ...more

I've been on a short story kick for a while, but I'm ready to move onto something else now. Armored is a collection of short science fiction stories by various authors that involve armor in some shape or fashion. I didn't read all of them; I just chose five or so from authors that I actually wanted to read.

The best stories from what I read were the first two, by Ian Douglas and Jack Campbell. They were creative and written well. Also Alastair Reynold's short story was good, very much his style
After reading the Holy Trinity of powered armor books—Starship Troopers, The Forever War, and Armor —I was excited for Armored, a whole ANTHOLOGY of powered armor stories! As it turns out, however, one can only do so much with powered armor and military sci-fi. Although the introduction promised interesting examinations of the armored man, the hybrid man-machine, I was not impressed with the creativity and diversity of stories the way I was in my favorite anthologies, like Machine of Death: A ...more
I really wanted to like this anthology. I adored The Forever War and Starship Troopers but, for whatever reason, most of these stories did little to nothing for me. Sure, there are some nice diamonds among the rough, but these are few and far between. I think the biggest problem was the length of the stories; most were not long enough for the authors to properly flesh out thier characters and settings.

I couldn't tell you why the good ones rose above the bad ones in terms of structure, they just
Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised at how thematically similar these stories were. An anthology about power armor will necessarily have recurring elements, but so many of the authors (with wildly different plots and settings) addressed the same issues in the same ways.

Some of the shorts were very enjoyable, and a few were even thought-provoking. Several cross into other genres, but in general, this is just good, escapist, military sci-fi.
Chris W.
Surprisingly enjoyable and diverse collection of SF short stories about powered armor. I had no intention of reading this anthology, but it was part of the 2013 Hugo Awards voters packet and I was drawn in by the quality of the work.

The standout story is Alastair Reynolds' "Trauma Pod", a brilliant and unsettling piece about an injured soldier who finds himself much too closely involved with the medical AI system built into his mech suit. Tightly focused, tautly written and convincingly imagine
Ralph Blackburn
Great Military Science Fiction and a good way to be introduced to new and exciting authors. 23 stories, 576 pages. A lot of the authors here I had read before, but several I hadn't and it was nice to discover new voices.
Nothing changed since my initial review of this book. The stories at times feel forced to the "Heavy Mecha Armor" theme. However, there were some noteworthy ideas in the book (albeit not developed thoroughly) and the book earned the time I spent reading it when I was able to use the "Armor" metaphor during dinner conversation. The problem is, that metaphor was in the forward by Orson Scott Card (which in all honesty was the deciding factor why I decided to give this book a try).

Would I recommend
Larry Kenney
This is an anthology featuring stories that all include some sort of powered armor. After reading the description and seeing some of the authors involved, I decided to pick it up. Being a big fan of mecha and military sci fi I was pretty excited. As in any anthology, there are some stories I liked better than others. My main gripe with the book, though, is that the description sets itself up as a military sci fi anthology featuring powered armor, and only a handful of the stories were actually m ...more
Good collection of exo suits. Stories range from Ghost in the Machine, to large war tanks fighting against aliens to construction workers.
So far this is a fantastic book of short stories. If you enjoyed John Steakly's Armor or Heinlein's Starship Troopers you'll enjoy this.

I've since read this book about three times. This is partly because I really enjoyed it, and partly because it ended up in my backpack when I was on the road and didn't have a replacement immediately. The anthology showcased the works of a number of really good authors and I've been seeking out their other works and have been very impressed. My biggest complain
Chris Bauer
Another rock solid anthology edited by John Joseph Adams. The title sort of says it all; the contents of the stories written all deal with some form of powered armor. But the variety of work in the pages is fantastic. There were too many stand out, notable stories to highlight here. And, for a trade paperback, it has some serious heft to it. Lot of great sci-fi stories inside. Definitely great value for the $$$.

There were really no "dogs" in the pack and an impressive line of A-lister writers co
I really enjoyed this anthology. I'm surprised by how much I love military science fiction - especially considering how little I know about the military. John Joseph Adams has done well here, juxtaposing stories surrounding a common theme (power armor) but with quite different nuances. My favorite story was definitely the Dan Abnett story (I can't quite remember what it's called) about the last solider from the first war in which power armor was used. It is haunting. Excellent anthology.
This a collection of "power armor" science fiction stories. It is a pretty hit or miss collection at that, but that may be due more to my expectations. I was hoping for a lot of armored battle, and while there were many stories that had that, there were many that did not. While many of those stories are great on their own, it was not what I wanted. So, if you are going to read this book, please keep in mind that not all of the stories have explosions and machine guns.
A truly fun anthology from authors inspired by John Steakley's Armor and Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers. It is full of unique short-story perspectives on powered-armor, exoskeletons and the peeps how love them. The stories run the full gamut of themes, from military to exploration to armor sentience to symbiosis ranging in time from the not so distant future to the furthest speculation and imagination can go. Seriously enjoyable read.
I am not generally one to get excited about anthologies of short stories, especially ones that don't contribute to the continuity of an existing story world. But this anthology has powered armor and stories by some of my favorite authors. I wasn't disappointed at all by the book and am glad that I read it, vut by the same token there is nothing in it that really stands out either.

Decent read but not a must buy.
Started reading the anthology after spotting it in a used bookstore, but quickly lost interest and thought maybe science fiction wasn't my thing. After watching Pacific Rim, I had some renewed interest in science fiction and gave powered through it.

I enjoyed some of the stories, but was generally left wanting to know more/what happens next. Other stories proved to be rather convoluted even for science fiction.
This anthology of short stories deals with armored fighting suits (mecha, what have you) from many different perspectives. Some stories are pure action, while others delve deep into sentient machines and man-machine interfaces. There’s even romance.

The stories range from excellent to passable. And there is quite a bit of thought-provoking stuff.
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