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Ice, Iron and Gold

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  346 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
New York Times best-selling Author S. M. Stirling’s first collection gathers his most interesting and evocative short stories, drawn from the length of his professional career. More than 100,000 words of fiction, including an original story, make this book a must for fans of Stirling's work. Whether Stirling is exploring alternate histories, chronicling military sf exploit ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Night Shade Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Jul 05, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it
I've never read anything by Stirling and when I came across this collection of short stories, I thought I'd give him a try. Most of his work is in the genre of alternate history. I enjoyed all of the stories, but I'm not a big fan of these types of books. If you enjoy alternate history, you'd probably love him.
Mar 02, 2017 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent short story collection from 2007 by Canadian-American author ( now resident of New Mexico) S.M. Stirling (born in 1953). I have long enjoyed reading Stirling and think he's second to none in the categories of military SF and alternate history. In this collection, there is a short story set in his Nantucket series ( my favorite series of his) and also an original novella set in the Emberverse. A couple of stories are ones I read before, but was happy to reread. All good. If you haven ...more
Benjamin Espen
Feb 22, 2017 Benjamin Espen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stirling has written some of my favorite books. He co-authored The Prince with Jerry Pournelle, and also wrote some short fiction in the War World series. I tried to read the Draka series, but I just couldn't get into it. The less we speak of Nantucket the better. This volume I picked up in the public library on a whim.

To my surprise, I discovered that this collection of short stories only contained one I had read before. A treat! Of those, three stand out in my mind. The Apotheosis of Martin Pa
Dec 18, 2015 jammastere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of short stories that are all alternate history/future/time travel in nature.

The first story is part of the "On the Oceans of Eternity" trilogy and the final story "Something for Yew" takes place in England during the Emberverse series.

I very much enjoyed the fact that several of the stories are connected and follow the same characters/worlds and really develop the story and characters. I found the alternate worlds very interesting although many of them were very similar in
Jun 15, 2012 Sage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished "Ice, Iron, and Gold" at last. Yes, I know I read slow... actually, I only tend to read a great deal when I'm working at a Renaissance Faire... Anyway, I loved the book. The couple stories from "The Change" series provided some interesting background and side-stories to the main series. The "Bolo" stories were very well written, I enjoyed them. The most interesting story though, was the one about Martin Padway, a time traveling archaeologist who goes back in time with the intent of obse ...more
Readable, but none of the stories really grabbed me. In addition to some stand-alones, this book includes a short story from the Emberverse, three Bolo stories (orig. Keith Laumer), a Nantucket story, a Martin Padway story (orig. L Sprage de Camp), and a Ranks of Bronze story (orig. David Drake). There's also a alternate history story with Flashman (orig. George McDonald Fraser) - basically a bit of Flashman at the Charge narrated by Robert E. Lee. Sadly, while I love Stirling's writing and I lo ...more
Ryan Mishap
Suffers from the all too common SF short story disease of throwing the reader into strange circumstances with no explanation. Okay, so a group of Roman-type soldiers are fighting some alien-type people--because they are soldiers of fortune in time! Whatever. This anthology covers a couple decades of writing, but I only got it for the mystery short story set in the same universe as Dies the Fire: in 2050, two dicks from New Scotland Yard try to figure out why a guy in a kilt was killed in an impo ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Jacqie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collections of short stories with publication dates ranging from the 80's to never-before-in-print. Stirling revisits the Bolo universe in a series of three stories, there's one that includes the Nantucket people, and a new story set in the Emberverse.
You'll get a good taste of Stirling's style and strengths from these short works. Lots of good action scenes, some gore, and history or technology transposed into a foreign environment. I enjoyed it, since I've read enough of his other w
I am about 50-50 on Stirling - I *adore* the Change novels, but have found some of his stuff unreadable. I was a little dubious about the whole premise (alternate history military SF), but, well... I rather enjoyed it. As in most collections of short stories, some are better than others, but the diversity of worlds and situations he manages to imagine were most interesting enough to believe in for a bit.
Jun 10, 2012 John rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories/novellas by S.M. Stirling. Some are quite good. Some leave you wondering about the rest of the story. Some of the stories are tied into other series such as his Emberverse series or into other books like the Penshar Lancers.

Definitely worth a read if you like his other series.
Carl  Palmateer
Found this a little uneven and unsatisfying. A collection of short stories that too often seemed a collection of excepts. Each story was complete, you could follow through but it just seemed like you were often on the outside missing a few key points or waiting for a more complete resolution. So, not bad, not great, it might be worth the effort to find the books some of the stories came from.
Piotr Konieczny
I was disappointed. Not a single story with an "ooomph" factor. The pre-1990s stories are quite bad; the volume picks up later on but still, rather disappointing. At best, a very generic fare of military scifi. Read and forget.
Carena Wood beimler
Jan 22, 2014 Carena Wood beimler rated it liked it
The last short story is from the Emberverse, the rest are military alternate history of varying lengths that don't seem connected by timeline or anything.
I'm fearing I'm a fan of the Emberverse and not of Stirling
Graham Crawford
Aug 07, 2012 Graham Crawford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this. I tried about half the stories and they were all the same. I guess military procedurals are not my thing.
having not read every series, some of the short stories were hard to follow. they just jumped right in without much set-up of the world/era
George Poppenwimer
May 05, 2015 George Poppenwimer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Not up to others he has written. LP
May 11, 2010 Allen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good stories, mostly bad ones.
So far, pretty decent collection of short stories. Everything from the Island of Time to BOLO so far.
John Schneider
Aug 13, 2011 John Schneider rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
A very good collection of short science fiction stories. I found Stirling to be a competent and interesting writer with believable characters. Shakespeare? No. Engaging writing? Yes.
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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I’m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat
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