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Dark Beyond the Stars: A Space Opera Anthology

(Beyond the Stars: Space Opera Anthologies #1)

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From humanity's first contact with alien life, to the challenges of space travel, to colonies established light years from Earth, this anthology celebrates the wide sweep of space opera at its most sublime. Eleven of today's bestselling authors join forces to bring you these tales of action, adventure, and brilliant imagination.

There are worlds beyond worlds out there to
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published August 24th 2015 (first published August 4th 2015)
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Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Space was once the primary focus of speculative fiction. Lately, though, science fiction authors have concentrated mostly on the dystopian genre. While this has produced many great books, the majority of them have been solidly rooted on planet Earth. That makes this anthology both unusual and welcome. My addiction to science fiction reading began with Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, on planets far from here. The possibilities for stories in space have always seemed endless. I’m happy to say that ...more
A few stories in here worth a read. My favorite stories of this collection would be "Containment", "Lulu Ad Infinitum", "2092", "Carindi" and "Nos Morituri Te Salutamus".

"Containment" by Susan Kaye Quinn
An interesting choice for the lead story in an anthology that bills itself as a collection of space opera, since this is really more a AI story (or robot story, if you prefer) that simply takes place in space.

I got off to a bad start with the story, though. In the 2nd paragraph, "Thebe is
Dave Creek
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
DARK BEYOND THE STARS is an unexpected treat

So on Facebook awhile back, there was this guy lamenting that teh wimmens was ruining SF, and he was particularly incensed that a new anthology was out with nothin' but chicks in it, man. What's this world coming to?

Poor guy. I suppose he's only read poor sad excuses of SF writers like Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold . . . well, the list keeps going on, doesn't it?

But this alleged fan thought an all-female anthology
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great short story collection. I was a little unsure of what a space opera short story would look like, even though I'm a big fan of the genre. The authors each do a wonderful job constructing their world for the reader and telling an exciting story in just a short amount of time. Not all the stories were as good as others, but that's the case with every short story collection. I liked several of the stories well enough to research the author and add one of their novels to my to-read ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Dark compilation is a series of stories with a similar space opera type theme or setting: most take place in the deep dark reaches of outer space, far from Earth. Each story is followed by a short author’s interview, often with some surprising questions. I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about each author, especially those who were new to me.

Story One: Containment. By Susan Kaye Quinn. A beautiful and thought provoking tale about the transformative power of art, even upon manufactured
Lenore Kosinski
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, anthologies, arc
This was a fantastic selection of short stories -- a wide variety of topics addressed, and usually with very strong heroines. Some stories were geared more towards avid readers of sci-fi, but there were some that were accessible to even a light sci-fi reader such as myself.

Containment by Susan Kaye Quinn
4.5 stars -- It took me a bit to get into the world and get past the jargon (I'm not a typical sci-fi reader), but once I did I was totally sucked in. Smart and compelling, I really ended up
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bright stars in the Dark
By Norma Miles
Format:Kindle Edition

Buying a themed anthology is usually well worth it as, amongst the several authors, there are often at least one or two whose stories lead the reader to new book delights which might otherwise have gone undiscovered. Dark Beyond the Stars is full of such delights. Every offering is well written, often intriguing and definitely worth the read. My only complaint is that, of necessity with submissions from twelve talented authors, the
I really enjoyed reading this anthology.I loved being able to read stories by authors I already know and finding knew ones to add to my TBR list.
LuLu Ad Infinitum was amazingly well written and my favorite.It gave me another little taste of Ann Christy's PePer Inc series of short stories.With a tasty little Easter egg to savor. Carindi by Jennifer Foehner Wells was touching & heartbreaking.Her story was beautifully written.2092 by Ryssa Walker was creative and she left me wanting to read
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-2015-books
This is one of my favorite books so far this year!!! And just look at that cover. Wow! Beautiful! I knew when I started out that at least 4 out of the 11 stories would be fantastic, because I loved the work done by those 4 authors in the past. The other authors well they were unknown to me. But what I read (and I was a good girl, and read every single story in order) blew me away. This is Space Opera done right by some top notch indie authors. This book only makes me need to read more by these ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very good anthology. All the stories were good.
Carol Kean
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AVID READERS CAN LIVE A THOUSAND LIVES. Not just on Earth, but on strange new worlds with alien life forms, or on space ships sailing through the cosmos, or as brilliant AIs who think, “We are people, too.”

“Illuminating our humanity in the face of new extraordinary challenges is the space opera writer's job,” says Jennifer Foehner Wells in her Foreword to "At Galaxy's Edge.” This anthology, the third under the "Beyond the Stars" banner, delivers twelve original stories by bestselling authors who
Leo McBride
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A LITTLE while after I bought Dark Beyond The Stars, a sci-fi anthology by women authors, it prompted a little kerfuffle in social media. A thunderously awful review dismissed the work of the writers, patronisingly applauding them for "giving it a go" but suggesting that they leave it to those who know best - men.
Does it really need to be mentioned how wrong-headed such a viewpoint is? Seemingly so, as people still perpetuate such things.
But if we brush the sexism aside contemptuously, though
This anthology is a very mixed bag. Most are mediocre or uninspired, some insipid, and four are good to excellent.

"Containment" concerns a mining-AI becoming self-aware. There's a Memento-quality to the story, and while I question whether a computer whose primary task is to dig rocks out of a bigger rock would have the sophistication for sentience (why would its builders bother?), following its progress and plotting kept my attention.

"Lulu Ad Infinitium" is a brilliant extrapolation of how
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anthologies are tricky and often uneven in quality, but this one was really excellent. While I didn't love every story, I definitely liked all of them and some of them really caught my imagination.

I particularly loved, Bellet's "Nos Morituri Te Salutamus" for the excellent action sequences, Wells' "Carindi" for the poignancy, Christy's "Lulu Ad Infinitum" for the nice twist on a well worn idea, and my favorite, Babylon's "To Catch an Actor" which gave me a delightful "Blade Runner" feel while
Ronald Carson
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The first story, Containment, is a tale of discovery told through the eyes of an AI. The narrative opens somewhat stilted and metallic, and might be slightly jarring until the reader realizes it’s being told from the perspective of the AI, as if one of Asimov’s robots sat down and wrote it. As the AI grows, the narrative grows with it, giving the work a wonderful change in texture. Once the AI moves past setting and settles into introspection, as if it begins to notice more than the mechanics of ...more
Frank Becker
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
This is a collection of 11 SciFi short stories by as many female indy writers and I think I can "feel" the female touch in most of the stories. All stories are supposed to be "space operas" - well, I don't know the definiton of a space opera and I don't really care: for me the SciFi label is good enough.
The overall book is recommendable - the idividual stories are very different, all have some dark or mean twist to them.
Note: Normally I do not like books with short stories - but this one
S.M.M. Lindström
An over all very lovely and inspiring read! Two of the stories didn't click for me: Winner Takes All due to the main character being every toxic masculinity trope with rapist as the most prominent one and To Catch an Actor because of the story being mostly exposition - they weren't bad stories, mind you, just not my kind of stories. The rest I enjoyed and at times adored!

Containment dealt with machine sentience in a loving way that sent me on an emotional roller coaster. Nos Morituri Te
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
An anthology of space-opera short stories. This is a strange concept--space-opera short stories, not an anthology. How is it possible? Well, it is! Somehow the authors in this collection manage to give their readers a sense of the big picture while telling a short story, a small slice of that picture. As is usual with any short-story collection, some appealed to me more than others. I really can't go into each one, all but impossible, since I have it on a Kindle. I will tell you that I usually ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good

A mixed bag, like any anthology, but there are very good stories here. I bought it mainly to spite that troll, whose “review” violates Amazon’s TOS. My favorite story was “Carindi.”
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freeebooks
This is a really solid anthology, the best I've read in quite some time. The stories had great variety, were of a (mostly) high quality and were entertaining pieces of fiction within themselves despite the fact most were written in established canons.
Will Swardstrom
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For the past year and a half, I’ve fallen back in love with short stories. It was seeing the anthology From The Indie Side, edited by David Gatewood, that brought it all back. It reminded me of the collections of science fiction short stories and novellas I devoured as a teenager. I didn’t always love all the stories, but each one resonated in some way the more I read them, and I slowly learned that huge ideas can be vacuum-packed into a smaller word count.

So I eagerly leapt at a chance to read
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Dark Beyond the Stars is an anthology of space opera short stories written by authors who were all new to me. The only one I’d heard of was Annie Bellet, who I believe writes urban fantasy. The collection came to my attention when there was some kerfuffle over the collection’s line up of all female authors, which some people were apparently upset about. However, sexist reviews tend to encourage me to read something more than dissuade me. Plus, look at that cover art by Julie Dillon! Isn’t it ...more
The upside the anthologies like this is they give me a chance to sample various authors' writing, and that sometimes leads to me discovering new favorite authors. The downside is when I check out those authors to find that their other books are nothing like what's in the anthology. It doesn't mean I wouldn't like their other books, but it is disappointing not to find more of what drew me to them in the first place. With both this anthology and with some of The Future Chronicles anthologies, I've ...more
Anna Marie
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Great read, the worlds in these stories are varied and spectacular. Have to find these authors other works to read and enjoy.
Shay VanZwoll
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dark Beyond the Stars is a collection of eleven stories that take us into space, to other times or other places, all with the common theme of expanding our minds to the possibilities surrounding ourselves.

With all collections, it's difficult to review the collection without looking at the individual parts and how they relate to each other. Though most of the tales seem to have a theme of an individual and his/her decision possibly changing the course of the world, some stories instead take a
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of short stories by various authors. It is so fun to see how different authors take an idea and run with it and the various stories can be so vastly different and intriguing as well. These were a lot of fun to read and my favorites were the stories by David Bruns (who has become one of my favorite authors the last few years, if you haven't checked out his other books do yourself a favor and try them out, they are amazing!), Adam Quinn, and Caroline Gill.

Honestly I
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
*sigh* I suppose I had high hopes going into this, and I just hate being disappointed. There were a few great examples of solid science fiction short stories in this anthology that I greatly enjoyed. Overall, however, the anthology stories fell a little flat for me in both scope and execution.

Quite a few of these stories were not true short stories for an anthology but instead snippets or hastily written introductions for larger novels written by the authors. When you purchase a Sci-Fi anthology
Christopher Gerrib
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't rightly recall how Dark Beyond the Stars ended up on my Kindle. Whoever or whatever recommended it to me, I'm glad I took them up on it. It's a great anthology of speculative fiction.

Containment (Susan Kaye Quinn): It's hard to make somebody care about a robot, but Ms. Quinn did that very well indeed.

Nos Morituri Te Salutamus (Annie Bellet): Annie Bellet is becoming one of the hot new writers of the decade, and this short story, a classic run-and-gun milSF offering, shows why.

Kaleena Rheeya
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
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I had the pleasure of receiving an advance reading copy of the forthcoming ebook edition by author Autumn Kalquist. This series was quite enjoyable and allowed me to explore additional works by several authors I am familiar with while also being introduced to a few new ones. This anthology is definitely unique as all main characters in the stories are females with strong character traits and all authors in the series are female as well. I enjoyed the
Review of last story: Not bad! It was longer, so could be developed more. But it wasn't bad! The twist didn't feel concluded completely, so we're left a little wondering. But interesting perspective making the oomans the aliens.

Overall book review: I like giving these authors the chance to write more and combine their stories with a theme, so I'm doing three stars. Otherwise... as for the writing I may have given it an "it was all right" two stars. Maybe a level two and a half. I want to be
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