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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Armor up for a metal-pounding feast of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers (including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnet, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell) on a future warrior that might very well be just around the corner.  Science fiction readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits ...more
Paperback, 579 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Baen
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sadly, for those who write introductions and forewords for anthologies, I often only glance at them in passing, then move on to the good stuff – the stories. In this instance, the first sentence of the foreword by Orson Scott Card leapt out and grabbed me, just as the first line of a good story should. I read the entire thing and enjoyed it. Card had many thought-provoking things to say about why someone wears armour and who that person is, essentially, a theme explored by many of the stories in ...more
I only found this because I was doing a search on Lauren Beukes, I wasn't looking for a book about military sci-fi. But the editor is right, who doesn't love a story with some good powered armor? Starship Troopers was probably my first, the Iron Man movies probably the wittiest (and biggest budget), Mark L. Van Name's Jon & Lobo series uses it to good effect. So while I'm not the biggest fan of military sci-fi (I like it in general, I'm just not into detailed battles and strategies), I had t ...more
“An awful lot of people go crazy, when you take the humanity away, and lock them inside a box.”

Better-than-average anthology. While some stories are SF combat, some aren’t. The common thread is that all involve a future version of whole-body armor. Explores many interpersonal and philosophic issues. My favorites were: Field Test, Don Quixote, and N-body Solution.

“It was never about armor … it was about the man inside.”
Chris McGrath
In the interest of owning every Brandon Sanderson story, I decided to pick this book up. Imagine my delight when I found a brand new, autographed copy on Amazon for under $2 ($6 shipped)!

Despite the relatively high ratio of very good stories to bad ones in this anthology, I find my overall impression of the collection to be mediocre. Many of these stories feel like their only purpose was to be included in this book, though I'm sure that's probably not the case, and plenty others were very origi
My ultimate take-away from this collection of stories is that there's nothing new to say about power armor. All you can hope for is really good writing of tales we've seen before. If you've never read stories about this sort of thing, this might be a decent introduction, but this is well-trod ground for long-time readers of SF.

Of course, the problem is that I'm measuring these stories against the best the field has come up with. Haldeman's The Forever War, heinlein's Starship Troopers and especi
Mitchel Seehafer
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Armored was quite the anthology to read, especially for it being my first. I thoroughly enjoyed how the authors explore many varies roles and uses of Power Armor and Mecha in very interesting settings. Even exploring the role of standard flesh and blood infantry versus their armored counterparts. I would have to recommend this anthology to anyone one how enjoys Military Science fiction, almost all of what is mentioned is incredibly believable as something you see in possibly our own future as th ...more
Stefano G.
My review is only related to "Heuristic Algorithm and Reasoning Response Engine" by Ethan Skarstedt and Brandon Sanderson, Brandon's short story is the reason I bought this anthology.

This is a sci-fi short story, in which Karith Marudi is a special agent dropping onto a planet in a huge fighting robot, I imagined something like the robots the humans in 'The Matrix - Movie' used... There's a bit of world-building with the local alien civilization that he should train, and an interesting relations
David Caldwell
A collection of 23 short stories with the focus of powered battle armor. Most of the stories are set in the future, but a few explore power armor from a slightly altered past. While the armor always plays a significant role, it is the men and women inside, and why they wear armor. that provide the real story.

I have to admit something about this book. Like most collections, I flip to the table of contents to see if I recognize any of the authors. This time, I saw the dedication page and made my d
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
It seems ages since I last read an anthology of short SF stories. It used to be ALL I ever used to read at times when I was a student in Leeds and it really broadened my experience of SF. This book is very much in the same vein; a series of short stories tied together by the theme of "powered/ sentient body armour". The range of stories is very good so no reader should find it disappointing - I can't think of any that I felt let down by but there were a number that I really did like.
"Hell's Half
Jan 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
(This review is based on an ARC.) How to rate an anthology has always been a struggle. Invariably, they end up in the 3-star "I don't know" category. Plus I seldom read all the stories. So for this exercise, I'll give ratings for each story that I actually try to read.


"Hel’s Half-Acre" Jack Campbell
"Jungle Walkers" David Klecha & Tobias S. Buckell

"The Johnson Maneuver" Ian Douglas
"The Cat’s Pajamas" Jack McDevitt


Samuel Rooke
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Short, and somewhat sweet. Unlike its unwieldy title, this short story is a lean, competently-written little science-fiction adventure.

There’s no great ambition here (unusual for a story co-written by Sanderson!), but there’s no great failings either. Some decent worldbuilding concepts, but no memorable story to wrap around them.

Worth the read if one is a big fan of mecha-type stories, but I’d say only for die-hard Sanderson fans that must read everything he’s had a hand in (like me, hence me
Alex Ristea
Seeing as how I haven't touched this book in over a year, and it's currently sitting in storage somewhere, I think it's safe to say that we'll be shelving this away until a later date.

Anthologies are always hit or miss, and this one unfortunately fell into the latter category.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awesome. Why? Because it's mechanized armor, that's why. Who doesn't loved armored suits?? NO ONE.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Habe ich ursprünglich wegen der Geschichte von Sanderson gelesen, die dann aber leider - sowohl im Vergleich mit seinem Werk als auch mit den hier enthaltenen anderen Geschichten - ziemlich enttäuschend war.
Insgesamt eine qualitativ stark durchmischte Anthologie, die von langweiligen, nur auf Action fußenden Ballergeschichten bis hin zu faszinierenden und auch anrührenden Gedankenspielen reicht.
Am besten haben mir "Find Heaven and Hell in the Smallest Things" sowie "Power Armor: A Love Story" (t
Matt Reno
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
As with any anthology, some of the stories are really well written and some are just filler
Feb 06, 2018 marked it as own-but-unread  ·  review of another edition
Listened to "Don Quixote" by Carrie Vaughn (4 stars) via StarShipSofa podcast (Episode 401)
Neil Hepworth
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
A three-star Meh. Nothing very original or insightful going on here. (Though, fortunately, there is nothing here that felt like an utter time-waster, either. So...)

Move along. Move along.
Andy Phillips
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: power-armour
This is a great collection of short stories featuring power armour of various types. Despite the blurb and cover, not all of the tales are military sci-fi, but most of them have some sort of combat element. There is enough variety to keep things interesting, and no real stinkers in the collection. My one possible criticism is that power armour stories is quite a niche subject, but it's pretty clear that's what you're getting, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I'll try to summarise the contents of th
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
After reading the Holy Trinity of powered armor books—Starship Troopers, The Forever War, and Armor —I was excited for Armored, a whole ANTHOLOGY of powered armor stories! As it turns out, however, one can only do so much with powered armor and military sci-fi. Although the introduction promised interesting examinations of the armored man, the hybrid man-machine, I was not impressed with the creativity and diversity of stories the way I was in my favorite anthologies, like Machine of Death: A ...more
Joshua Fu
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams, is a compilation/anthology of twenty-three stories (from various authors) about powered armor. While this may conjure up images of futuristic soldiers charging through a hellish battlefield, some of these suits are nothing more than a collection of iron plates powered by steam. Each one, while having the armor as the main theme, use it not only as the centerpiece, but to explore a concept that could only exist in imagination, but could easily be relevant in ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this anthology. I adored The Forever War and Starship Troopers but, for whatever reason, most of these stories did little to nothing for me. Sure, there are some nice diamonds among the rough, but these are few and far between. I think the biggest problem was the length of the stories; most were not long enough for the authors to properly flesh out thier characters and settings.

I couldn't tell you why the good ones rose above the bad ones in terms of structure, they just
Daniel Shellenbarger
Armored is a collection of stories about power armor. Most of these are humans fighting aliens in mech-suits though a fair portion of the stories are not about warfare or put a different spin on the use of power armor (putting it in the context of modern warfare or even steampunk-y conceptions of power armor). I'm not usually into anthologies, but I've always had a soft spot for power armor (since reading Starship Troopers in college) and several of the authors involved (Brandon Sanderson, Micha ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very good collection of short SF by some great authors.
I bought this book based on a recommendation from both Amazon and Goodreads that those who had read John Steakley's "Armor" would enjoy it. I am happy to report that they were correct. As with all short story anthologies, there were a few that missed the mark in my opinion. The majority however did exactly what Orson Scott Card and John Joseph Adams said was planned: explored the relationship between Mech and Man... explored the limits of
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok

I've been on a short story kick for a while, but I'm ready to move onto something else now. Armored is a collection of short science fiction stories by various authors that involve armor in some shape or fashion. I didn't read all of them; I just chose five or so from authors that I actually wanted to read.

The best stories from what I read were the first two, by Ian Douglas and Jack Campbell. They were creative and written well. Also Alastair Reynold's short story was good, very much his style
Chris W.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly enjoyable and diverse collection of SF short stories about powered armor. I had no intention of reading this anthology, but it was part of the 2013 Hugo Awards voters packet and I was drawn in by the quality of the work.

The standout story is Alastair Reynolds' "Trauma Pod", a brilliant and unsettling piece about an injured soldier who finds himself much too closely involved with the medical AI system built into his mech suit. Tightly focused, tautly written and convincingly imagine
Jules Jones
This anthology was included in the Hugo Voting Packet as the sample of Adams' work for the short form editor category. As one might expect from the title, the stories are all about powered armour. However, it's not just military powered armor. There are plenty of civilian uses, and some of them get an airing in this book.

Most of the stories are at least readable, and some are excellent. The anthology does suffer a little from the stories starting to seem too much the same after a while, but I th
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Nothing changed since my initial review of this book. The stories at times feel forced to the "Heavy Mecha Armor" theme. However, there were some noteworthy ideas in the book (albeit not developed thoroughly) and the book earned the time I spent reading it when I was able to use the "Armor" metaphor during dinner conversation. The problem is, that metaphor was in the forward by Orson Scott Card (which in all honesty was the deciding factor why I decided to give this book a try).

Would I recommend
Larry Kenney
This is an anthology featuring stories that all include some sort of powered armor. After reading the description and seeing some of the authors involved, I decided to pick it up. Being a big fan of mecha and military sci fi I was pretty excited. As in any anthology, there are some stories I liked better than others. My main gripe with the book, though, is that the description sets itself up as a military sci fi anthology featuring powered armor, and only a handful of the stories were actually m ...more
Chris Bauer
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another rock solid anthology edited by John Joseph Adams. The title sort of says it all; the contents of the stories written all deal with some form of powered armor. But the variety of work in the pages is fantastic. There were too many stand out, notable stories to highlight here. And, for a trade paperback, it has some serious heft to it. Lot of great sci-fi stories inside. Definitely great value for the $$$.

There were really no "dogs" in the pack and an impressive line of A-lister writers co
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-sci-fi
A collection of short stories by different authors can't be "reviewed", per se, because each story stands on its own, and I'm not going to spend the time to review them individually. None were terrible, most were somewhat interesting, and some were exceptional. I enjoyed the book overall, because I enjoy military science fiction and have fond memories of being introduced to science fiction by John Steakley's Armor and by Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers. None of these are quite at that level, ...more
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John Joseph Adams is the series editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as ROBOT UPRISINGS, DEAD MAN'S HAND, BRAVE NEW WORLDS,WASTELANDS, and THE LIVING DEAD. Recent and forthcoming books include WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, OPERATION ARCANA, PRESS START TO PLAY, LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, and THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH (cons ...more
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