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The Mammoth Book of SF Wars

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Over the past 100 years the technology of war has advanced enormously in destructive power. So what will future wars be like? And what will cause them: religion, politics, resources, refugees, or advanced weaponry itself? Watson and Whates present a collection of gripping SF stories which explores a daunting gamut of possible future conflicts: nuclear tactics and enhanced ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Running Press (first published May 1st 2012)
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I totally admit, right up front, that I'm only reading this for Catherine Asaro's new Soz story. SF Wars aren't really my thing and normally I wouldn't pick up a book with a title like this.

But I'm a big fan of Catherine's and also of Soz's, so I'm looking forward to see this piece of her backstory filled.

And a nice little story it was too. That's all. Just a little story. I know I always want more when I finish a Skolian story, but I really do this time, because this is just a little teaser. I
Earl Biringer
Individual stories rated as follows:
5* - A classic.
4* - A really good story, recommended reading.
3* - A decent story
2* - Not a good story, something seriously inhibited any enjoyment
1* - Unreadable and/or a complete waste of time

Resnick, Mike and Torgersen, Brad R.: Peacekeeper ***

Green, Simon R.: From Out Of The Sun, Endlessly Singing ***

Budrys, Algis: All For Love ***

Ballantyne, Tony: The War Artist ***

Steele, Allen: The War Memorial **** (The shortest story in the collection - a lot of other
I'm not the target audience for this book, so giving it a star rating doesn't seem quite fair. I bought this book strictly for the new Skolia Universe story by Catherine Asaro and ended up reading the whole thing because it was the book on my phone. The Asaro story centers around Sozceny Valdoria, one of the best heroines in all of SF given her mix of strength, integrity and feminity. It is always welcome to see another bit of Soz's"story, and this glimpse did not dissapoint. This story alone wa ...more
A very good anthology of sci-fi war stories, with all the stories being either pretty good to excellent. It doesn't take just recent stories either, but ranges across the 20th and 21st century. There is a a proto-version of Joe Haldeman's "Forever War" in the form of "Time Piece", a fascinating story told from the perspective of two sentient war machines (The Traitor), and a interstellar conflict told as a legend in "From out of the Sun, Endlessly Singing" to name a few. I would highly recommend ...more
John Loyd
The Mammoth book of SF Wars (2012) 497 pages, edited by Ian Watson and Ian Whates.

I got this book because I new there was a Skolian (by Asaro) in it. I was disappointed in the first few stories I read, but either I saved the best for last or I got used to the theme of the book.

1 • Peacekeeper • (2012) 19 pages by Mike Resnick, Brad R. Torgerson
Good/VG. Earth sends soldiers to a distant planet in exchange for technology from the Conglomorate.

20 • From Out of the Sun, Endlessly Singing • (2012) 1
May 27, 2015 Susan is currently reading it
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Peacekeeper • shortstory by Brad R. Torgersen and Mike Resnick
From Out of the Sun, Endlessly Singing • shortstory by Simon R. Green
All for Love • (1962) • shortstory by Algis Budrys
Junked: A Combat K Adventure by Andy Remic
The War Artist • (2011) • shortstory by Tony Ballantyne
The War Memorial • [Near Space] • (1995) • shortstory by Allen Steele
Politics • (1990) • novelette by Elizabeth Moon
Arena • (1944) • novelette by Fredric Brown
Peacekeeping Mission • (2008) • shortstory by Laura Resnick
This is the second time I have picked this anthology up to read. The first time, I couldn't get past Ian Watson's introduction and the massive ego he displays in it in regards to his Warhammer 40k fiction. Of course Black Library won't allow you to reprint Warhammer 40k stories outside of their publications, they have their own publishing company for a reason. (and isn't this anthology about military science fiction, NOT Warhammer 40k fiction?) Much to be said, this time I managed to get onto th ...more
Krista D.
I couldn't get into this collection at all. It wasn't that the writing was poor or anything - the writing was fine - but I just didn't care about any of the worlds or people. With the exception of 3 stories, I was bored.

Just didn't work for me.
A relatively mixed bag of SF stories deal with war. A few standout stories, but overall a mostly average selection.
'Pyre of New Day' - Catherine Asaro only
Florin Pitea
A very good anthology focused on future wars. Some of the stories within are classic ("Arena" by Frederic Brown or "The Game of Rat and Dragon" by Cordwainer Smith), others are more recent. I particularly liked "Storming Hell" by John Lambshead (steampunk space opera, no less) and "From Out of the Sun, Endlessly Singing" by Simon R. Green, an excellent homage to Cordwainer Smith. For an extended review, please visit my blog here:
Fresno Bob
excellent collection of military SF stories
Like most of the "Mammoth Book of X" this was overall excellent. I'd read some of the stories before, but most were new to me, an a few were specifically written for this book. They ranged in overall plot, but all had something to do with SF and war. If you like military SF, you'll probably like this. Even if you _don't_ like it, as a rule, there's probably a story or two in here that will resonate with you. It's not all "OORAH MILITARY LIFE IS AWESOME".
Wonderful selection of authors!
As several readers have commented, there is a new Soz story by Catherine Asaro. There are 2 other original stories and a good selection of classic and newer SF authors.
It was interesting to me, though, that perhaps because of the editors' choices or perhaps because of my interpretations of the stories, these were not gungho military pieces for the most part but showed the tragedy of war as much as the bravery and triumph.
Arvind Vijh
Some excellent hard sf based on robotics and self aware AI.
An excellent collection of Military Sci-Fi by some well know, and other very promising authors.
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