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The Hub: Dangerous Territory (The Hub)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  707 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The Federation of the Hub: thousands of rough, ornery and tough-minded human worlds with only the subtlest of governments holding them together. It's prime real estate for criminals, unscrupulous corporations, and invaders from beyond Federation space. But in Hub space, a citizen is expected to stand up for herself, blaster in hand; so when Trouble comes Hubward in large ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 473 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Baen Books (first published April 1st 2001)
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Stephen Theaker
Jan 25, 2009 Stephen Theaker rated it it was amazing
This is volume four of the collected works of James H. Schmitz. I paid fifteen pounds for a battered, dirty copy of this book, to complete my seven-volume set, and it was absolutely worth every penny. If I hadn't already found that copy, after reading the previous three books I would have paid whatever it took to acquire this one.

The highlights are the two Nile Etland stories: Trouble Tide (a novella) and The Demon Breed (a novel). Both are tremendously entertaining. Schmitz had a rare knack for
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Manuel Alfonseca
Oct 28, 2015 Manuel Alfonseca rated it really liked it
James Schmitz's aliens are the most original and often the scariest I've ever seen. Energy beings made of billions of entities connected through radio waves, capable of consuming a human being in a fraction of a second. Strange symbiotes, harmless while separate, but deadly when coupled together. Intelligent ecologies. Ruthless alien invaders. And so forth. All of these appear in this volume.

The demon breed stresses the reader's belief capacity a little too far. When the planet Nandy-Cline is in
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Jim
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it

This is the fourth and last of the Hub series being reprinted by Baen Books. James Schmitz was a science fiction writer of the 1950s-1970s known for his skill at characterization, interesting ideas, and a delightful style. In this volume, we encounter intelligent otters (The Demon Breed), horrible monsters (The Winds of Time), and an award-winning short story whose main character is an ecology (Balanced Ecology). Although this volume will be popular with long-time science fiction fans, everyone

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Robert Scott
Apr 09, 2016 Robert Scott rated it really liked it
These stories illustrate that the inhabitants of the Hub are indeed dangerous to anyone trying to invade any of their planets in any manner. Schmitz also continues to advocate for ecological awareness and humanity in his characters. All in all a great read with plenty of excitement, suspense, psi powers, aliens, and the ability of humans to ad lib when faced with the unexpected. Nile Etland is another worthy heroine.
Teresa Carrigan
Feb 06, 2012 Teresa Carrigan rated it liked it
This collection includes "Demon Breed" which was probably one of the first books I ever purchased from Science Fiction Book Club, back when I was a teenager. Long out of print (too short to be counted as a novel these days), and my copy had disappeared. Very nice to be able to reread it. I like the strong, intelligent, competent female protagonist, particularly when she's outwitting the alien invaders.
Christopher
Apr 07, 2010 Christopher rated it liked it
I read this book online to find out what's a 'machman' from the Gary Newman song "Down in the Park."

I must have read about the wrong machmen because they didn't kill by numbers.

In any case, this was some decent science fiction short stories but nothing that would blow your mind.
Chris Gardner
Sep 07, 2011 Chris Gardner rated it did not like it
I could only get through the first story and it was a mess. The pace of the book and the lack of back story just made for a fast push to the purple energy monster. Could not stomach it.[return][return]Not recommended!
Sherlindreah
Dec 02, 2014 Sherlindreah rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fic
nice reading.all the stories were interesting.I read about other volumes from the same author and I will certainly read them.
Paul
Apr 17, 2011 Paul rated it liked it
A nicely varied collection of stories centered around the theme of genetic manipulation and similar bio-themes. Well worth reading.
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James Henry Schmitz (October 15, 1911–April 18, 1981) was an American writer born in Hamburg, Germany of American parents. Aside from two years at business school in Chicago, Schmitz lived in Germany until 1938, leaving before World War II broke out in Europe in 1939. During World War II, Schmitz served as an aerial photographer in the Pacific for the United States Army Air Corps. After the war, ...more
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