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Future Games

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Human competition is eternal. We thrill to victory, we suffer the agony of defeat. No matter what the future brings, sports will be a part of it. But what forms will these games take? Who will be the spectator, who will play? Will aliens be our opponents or machines? Will physical competition even exist? What rules will we play by? What will be at stake? What rewards will ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Prime Books (first published January 3rd 2013)
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Alexander Petkovski
Future Games is a collection of short stories filled with action, politics and most importantly - sports. It has a vision what the future games would look like. Even though, competing with other galaxies seems a little bit unrealistic.

This book was very futuristic and different from other anthologies. My favorite stories were Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Run to Starlight by GRR Martin and Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Scott Westerfield. In my opinion, The Fate of Nations left me the biggest im
Bill Mackela
What's not to like? This is the perfect combination: Sports and sci-fi. An excellent compilation. I loved most of the stories. But like any anthology, there are always a few stories that are really memorable and a few that you kind of skim though. One of my favorites was "Unsportsmanlike Conduct" by Scott Westerfeld. I also enjoyed revisiting the short story "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card which was expanded into the novel of the same name.

This is a collection of 16 stories from authors such
Wayne McCoy
Editor Paula Guran has put together a really great anthology of sf stories involving a variety sports and games in Future Games. From a sport involving planets colliding to a story about the children of enemies playing football, the stories span the familiar to the unfamiliar.

There are a wide variety of authors included in the collection with stories going back as far as 1965. Included is the original novella for 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card as well as stories by Cory Doctorow, George R. R
I enjoyed the stories in this book. The sports were different and varied; yet gave an interesting view of how sports could vary. the planet throwers were the most astounding, yet creative thought into future sports.
It was interesting to read of a number of sports that have somewhat similar sports in more current stories and tv. I think I would prefer their reality survivalist game where a few people have to get to the "flags" at the outskirts, competing against nature and themselves.
Well written

“Anda’s Game” by Cory Doctorow 3 stars
“Breakaway” by George Alec Effinger 2 Stars
“Will the Chill” by John Shirley 1 star
“Run to Starlight” by George R.R. Martin 1 Star
“The Survivor” by Walter F. Moudy 3 stars
“Name That Planet!” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough 2 stars
“Unsportsmanlike Conduct” by Scott Westerfeld 4 stars
“Ladies and Gentlemen, This Is Your Crisis!” by Kate Wilhelm 4 stars
“Kip Running” by Genevieve Williams 4 stars
Jan 26, 2015 Helen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I started this collection of short stories this morning. It's very cool see how each of the authors has taken the games we play to today into the future, like American football & Sumo Wrestling, as well as create future games from scratch.
A mixed bag. Some stories I really liked and most were OK with a few the didn't click for me. My favorites were:

Run to Starlight by George R. R. Martin
Will the Chill by John Shirley
Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Scott Westerfeld

The allure of sports has always baffled me. This book I thought would help me understand by way of a recreation that does interest me, science fiction. By the end I gained no further insight. Interesting stories nonetheless.
Nenia Campbell
You can read more reviews at my blog, The Armchair Librarian!

As I said before in my review of Erebos, I adore science-fiction novels about dangerous and deadly games of the future. I even have a shelf specifically devoted to them on my Goodreads account, and have written several books of my own on the topic.

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However, while I am a huge fan of video-games and reality TV shows, I am not at all interested in sports. When I found out that 95% of the short stories in this anthology we
As with all anthologies, a few of the stories were weak, but overall an excellent collection.
Hit or miss collection of short stores.
Doug Clark
some of the stories rock.
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we ...more
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