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Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6

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Space Battles is the sixth anthology of the Full-Throttle Space Tales series. Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Space Battles contains 17 tales of spaceship battles, by established and rising-star authors. Explosive tales in this volume include: "Between The Lines" by Anna Paradox: A utility truck in space comes under attack from a colony ship to which they once gave aid. "T ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Flying Pen Press
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Eric Townsend
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Space Battles is a collection of 17 different short stories centered on, you guessed it, space battles. They each have their own unique way of displaying a battle and include anything from one-on-one gun fights, to dogfights between single ships, to even full scale assaults on battle cruisers. Space Battles has a good mix of female and male characters, and generally speaking the women kick even more tail than their male counterparts, a refreshing thing to see especially in this genre. In Space B ...more
Sarah
3.5/5 stars

At the end of the day, Space Battles isn’t an anthology I’m going to remember too long, but it was worth reading. That might sound like a contradiction, but it’s really not. Space Battles isn’t incredibly deep, or very memorable, but it’s a ton of fun. While many of the authors aren’t very well known, it’ll be interesting to watch these names and see who ends up doing what in future years. Some of these stories show real potential not only with writing style, but also because some of
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Peter
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryan Thomas Schmidt has collected seventeen tales, each with a different take on the theme of space battles. The collection is good and its strength lies in its diversity. We see both male and female protagonists; human and alien. A majority of the stories deal with ships fighting ships in space, which would be expected. The highlights of the collection for me were Like So Much Refuse (for its unique take on the theme), First Contact (for its strong voice and vivid action scene), Isis (for its ...more
Pauline Creeden
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Often Sci-Fi is appealing to readers because it provides an escape while simultaneously bringing the reader into an intelligent and logical look at problems found in our present society. It is sharp in its manipulation of the reader's contemplation. The stories found in this genre bring to the readers mind, almost subconsciously, difficulties in our culture with the treatment of females, race, religion, violence, and justice. They twist the subject into a forgivable future that can shape our thi ...more
Rlbrown
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anthologies usually have a recurring theme, but rarely do they contain such a multiple of varying ideas while still maintaining an element of familiarity.

The range of stories Bryan Thomas Schmidt has assemble for Space Battles – Full Throttle Space Tales #6 has just enough individuality to keep the reader intrigued while maintaining the broader space battle element. Each story stands alone, yet as a whole, the anthology is a cohesive collaboration of talented authors.

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K.M. Weiland
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid and fun, all the way through. Some of the stories are better than others, but there's not a true stinker in the lot. Some of the standouts for me were:

"The Thirteens": Enjoyed the nautical flavor and the plot twist in the end.

"Like So Much Refuse": Nice balance of two enemy POVs, making both sympathetic.

"Jump Point Blockade": Good conflict catalyst with the hero blithely starting a war.

"First Contract": Loved the banter.

"The Book of Enoch": The Amish go to space? What's not to love?

"Space
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Bryan Schmidt
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
From Midwest Book Review in October 2012: War has always been a part of human existence, and those battles will spill into deep space. "Space Battles" is a collection of science fiction short stories focused on war in space, as seventeen authors come together and discuss the next generation of combat. From ships that can think for themselves, how much one is really willing to sacrifice, and other dilemmas that may face us in the future. For those enraptured by deep space and the far future, "Spa ...more
KevBayer
Some fun stuff, some okay stuff.
Anthony
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Zaanodes
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“Between the Rocks” by Anna Paradox
“The Thirteens” by Gene Mederos
“Like So Much Refuse” by Simon C. Larter
“Jump Point Blockade” by David Lee Summers
“First Contact” by Patrick Hester
“Isis” by Dana Bell
“The Book of Enoch” by Matthew Cook
“The Joystick War” by Jean Johnson
“Never Look Back” by Grace Bridges
“The Gammi Experiment” by Sarah Hendrix
“Space Battle of the Bands” by C.J. Henderson
“A Battle for Parantwer” by Anthony R. Cardno
“With All Due Respect” by Johne Cook
“Final Defense” by Selena O’Rour
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and Hugo nominated editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Worker Prince received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His first children’s books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Books For Kids and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends appeared from Delabarre Pu ...more