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Kindle Edition, 671 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Titan Books
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Kerry
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 8, sf, 2017, anthology
I'll admit straight up that I bought this because it has a Skolian story by Catherine Asaro in it. I was going to jump straight to that story, but I found myself reading the introduction and instead, I slowly read my way through the book.

I skipped some stories as either being from a heavy continuity that I hadn't read before, or just because I'd consider the author and their series before and decided I wasn't interested. But I read a few I hadn't tried before, reread some I had read before and e
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Mark
Mar 06, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of Space opera and Military Scifi that is is represented by these 24 short stories with an introduction by Robert Silverberg and his attempt to explain Space opera, perhaps I like it best described as soap opera in Space.

Fleet school: Renegat by Orson Scott Card
Fleet school, debuts in 2017, and this story is the first appearence in print of its protagonist, Dabeet Ochoa. It also stars Ender and Valentine Wiggin, and is a bit of murder mystery in colonial space written for this coll
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Daniel
Apr 21, 2019 marked it as partial-read
Bought this for one story, and it's quite possible that's all I'll ever read. I hate anthologies. Good thing it was $1.99.

2019/04/21 - Revelation Space: Night Passage - Alastair Reynolds: 4 stars.

This was a really good story, the ships captain is woken from cold sleep and told her ship has been hijacked and is now dead in space. Only not just anywhere, next to a giant ball of nothing and drifting towards it. (Humanity's first encounter with a Shroud. No characters we've seen before.) The voice
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deep
Sep 02, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
PW Starred: Space opera is celebrated in this capacious anthology with stories from a stellar lineup of its best contemporary practitioners. The 24 selections—which include classics from luminaries such as Robert Silverberg (who also contributes an informative historical introduction), Anne McCaffrey, Poul Anderson, and Cordwainer Smith, as well as 15 works original to this volume—illustrate the wide variety of themes that space opera can accommodate: galactic empire building across space and ti ...more
Banshee
An interesting and varied collection of space opera short stories. Approximately half were from already established series which was great if you were invested in the series, if you were new to the series it could lead to some confusion. I enjoyed most of the stories with only two as DNF. My favorite stories were All in a Day's Work by Elizabeth Moon, Bniti by Nnedi Okorafor (a novella I read previously) and Region Five by Linda Nagata. I would recommend this novel to fans but maybe borrow it fr ...more
Bob
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a great collection. Enjoyed all the stories but the last one. It just didn't really resonate. BUT -- the other stories (and there are lots of them) varied from great and entertaining to brilliant. I loved The Iron Star, by Robert Silverberg, and Dual on Syrtis, but Poul Anderson. I'd never read either of those authors, and both of the stories were fantastic.

It took me a damned long time to work my way through this book, but it was worth the effort.
Margaret
Infinite Stars: The Definitive Anthology of Space Opera and Military SF is one of the best books that I have ever read. To understand that statement, you have to understand how deeply I love both space opera and military science fiction.

This collection of short stories & novellas has fourteen new stories and ten reprints. Of these, 15 were written by some of my already most favorite authors and I was introduced to an additional 8 new favorites. (One author I had read previously and was good, jus
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Mark
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Infinite Stars is a mighty tome that has an ambitious purpose – to bring together a range of disparate worlds from Space Opera and Military SF into one hefty tome. The result is impressive, if not entirely successful.

I suspect that most readers are going to buy this because there’s a place here that they recognise. There are fourteen new stories and novellas, of some of the most well-known universes out there. The roll call is quite impressive. For example, there’s a new Honor Harrington Univers
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Joe Santoro
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: space_opera
I grabbed this as a source to read 'borders of infinity' from the Vorkosigan Saga (which was great and which I have reviewed separately), and thought it would be nice to visit some old friends while perhaps making some new ones.

As a sci-fi anthology, it's pretty typically a mixed bag... some good stuff, some meh stuff, some bad stuff. The Ender story was pretty good, but was really just Speaker for the Dead in minature. The Honorverse story had nothing to do with Honor Harrington or any other ma
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Groucho42
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
One paradigm of short story collections is that you put the best stories as the first two and the last one. This book doesn't do that, it puts three of the worst but with the biggest names. Orson Scott Card starts it with a terrible story. He used to do drama and comedy, but all he seems to have now is irony and sarcasm. The second is a story by little Herbert that is trite and poorly written. The best of the three is the last story and it's by David Weber, set in the Honorverse. I loved that un ...more
Thomas
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, ed. Infinite Stars: Definitive Space Opera and Military Science Fiction. Titan-Kindle, 2017.
Definitive is a bit strong, but this is a very good anthology that represents most of the best players in military space opera. It has a very good historical introduction by Robert Silverberg and 24 stories by some of the best writers in the field. If you are a fan of the genre, you will find enough new stories and a few new writers to keep you interested. If you are new to it, you
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Sara Crocoll Smith
There were 23 stories in this volume. Six stories I particularly enjoyed:
-The Game of Rat and Dragons by Cordwainer Smith (Such an interesting premise)
-Miles Vorkosigan: The Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold (Miles is an intriguing character - he's got gumption out the ears)
-Lightship Chronicles: The Last Day of Training by Dave Bara (Felt all the feels in this one)
-How To Be a Barbarian in the Late 25th Century by Jean Johnson (LOVED the happy marriage; dialogue was masterful)
-The Sh
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Anastasia Guiler
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok, when I first grabbed this book, I thought it was going to be your regular sci-fi short stories by some kick-ass authors. It was not...

Turns out this book is an ode to the space opera, but with the stipulation that ALL of the stories in the volume take place in worlds previously created by the authors listed. If, like me, you were unfamiliar with most of them, it was confusing and oft-times uninteresting. Not to say that there weren't any worthwhile stories, or even universes that I am intrig
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Jonathon
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-part
Rating is for the following short story(s) that I read for a series:

Our Sacred Honor - Rating 4.5 Stars
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Ron
If you are looking for a nice collection of space opera short stories, you have the right book! Infinite Stars has new and reprint tales of adventure, conflict, first contact and more by a number of well-known artists. A few of the tales I had read before, but others were new to me. Bryan Thomas Schmidt has done a very fine job of balancing story types and mixing classic tales in with recent series. Read up and get your space opera fix!
Skylar
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
While there are some gems here (Reynolds' Night Passage, Smith's Game of Rat and Dragon, Okorafor's Bingo, Brackett's Stark and the Star Kings, Nye's Imperium Imposter, Bujold's Borders of Infinity), mostly these were far too military sci-fi, far too romantically- inclined (not sure why it goes with military sci-fi but it does), and far too little like short stories (most of the stories couldn't be appreciated without knowing the overarching series).
Kelly Wagner
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
More milfic than space opera, but something for everyone. some oldies - Game of Rat and Dragon has been one of my favorite stories since I first read it some 55 years ago when I was 9; my dad was something of an SF magazine hoarder, so I read much of Cordwainer Smith's stuff from the magazines where they were first published. Obviously tastes vary - nothing in the Enders Game series has ever appealed to me and the story in here is no exception.
Keith
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for Linda Nagata and some older stories, disappointing

This collection had too many reprints and too many stories that were in the middle of existing series and were very weak if you hadn’t read those series. Some of the older, stand-alone stories are still excellent, and the standout new story was by Linda Nagata.
Jorg
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
An excellent anthology of stories, both old and new, some old favourites of mine. My main interest here was the new Revelation Space story from Alastair Reynolds (and that one, by itself, gets 5 stars, filling an important bit of history for that setting).
Jamie
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unfinished
Total honesty. I only read the Orson Scott Card story. It was great. Definitely a read for any fan of the Enderverse. I didn't read the others because the were related to other books I've yet to read.
Diana
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some great introductions to series you may not have tried
Conrad
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Fairly good collection, with some gems.
Rebecca Baldwin
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed almost every story, which is unusual for an anthology. I've even got several new series that I want to try.
Patrick Mcnelis
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting trek into the minds of some favorite authors, and an introduction to some I hadn't read before.
Ryan
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good collection of short stories
Darren
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
It's rare that I find an anthology with so many stories in it that I like. This one was top-notch. Great selections of new and reprints. Highly recommended.
Lyle Blosser
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
excellent peaks into some favorite universes by their creators
Viriam
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite an anthology, and quite a few stories. A few were duds but the majority were excellent reading, opening the door to explore wider full novels by some of the authors. recommended.
John Anthamatten
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Most stories were quite good. There were some that were just too
“complicated” and I stopped reading within several paragraphs. The four stars was for the ones I enjoyed.
Art
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A short story collection of one of my favorite genres from some of my favorite authors.

- recommended by the library newsletter.
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