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Future Weapons of War

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A volume of visions of future wars, fought with weapons out of nightmare, by today's top writers of military science fiction, as well as some writers who are not usually associated with this genre, such as Kristine Katherine Rusch.
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Baen Books (first published March 1st 2007)
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Samuel Tyler
Jun 12, 2015 Samuel Tyler rated it liked it
War, what is it good for? If ‘Future Weapons of War’ edited by Martin Harry Greenberg and Joe Haldeman has anything to say about it, conflict makes for good fiction. This book is a series of short stories that all have futuristic weaponry in common from smart guns all the way to omnipresent AI. Like with so many collections, the quality varies. ‘Future’ is a classic example of the there being some great highs – an intelligent gun helping a child out of the slums, or an interstellar conflict that ...more
The only reason I read this short story collection is because I felt like reading some light military SF (which doesn't happen quite often). What I was hoping for was some short tales of cameraderie and heroism --- "Let's go get those bastards, boys! Let's do it for the sarge!" and so on. Instead, the first story is about newborn babies being turned into potential unwilling suicide bombers later in life. So... it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Still, a decent collection of stories, some ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it
I love anthologies as they give me an opportunity to read authors I haven't. I'm really trying to slog through the works (earliest to latest, in order.. I hope), so I don't pick up too many books from authors I don't know. Unless it is an anthology. Several of the stories I really liked: Rocket Boy, Broken Bits, The First Cup of Coffee War, The Weapon, and Humans Call it Duty.
Tim Hicks
Oct 19, 2012 Tim Hicks rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Three for the quite-good-but-not-exceptional stories, plus one for the editors' work in getting a very wide range of approaches. The sum is greater than the parts, and makes you think more than the individual stories do.

In particular, it makes you think, "Would humans *really* do that?" and you just can't avoid the answer, "Yes, sadly, we would."
Jun 20, 2010 Alex rated it liked it
This book is a collection of about ten short stories by different authors. Each story is based on some weapon in the future. It includes everything from talking pistols to a weapon capable of destroying a solar system.
T Dale
Feb 19, 2010 T Dale added it
Quick, escapist fun. The story, 'The First Cup of Coffee War' by James H. Cobb is a great example of George Friedman's description of American wars of the 21st century in his book, 'The Next Hundred Years.'
Jan 11, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Pretty good. Frequently disturbing, as intended, but notably (although unsurprisingly) scattered.
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Brother of Jack C. Haldeman II

Haldeman is the author of 20 novels and five collections. The Forever War won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in 1975. Other notable titles include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works "Graves," "Tricentennial" and "The Hemingway Hoax." Starbound is scheduled for a January release. SFWA pres
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