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Bridge Across the Stars

(Fractured Stars #0.6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The universe is dangerous, wondrous—a vast canvas upon which humanity sketches its hopes for the future.

In this anthology, you’ll find seventeen tales of conflict and heroism, exploration and discovery, endurance and triumph. Flee the apocalypse of modern-day Earth, fly a fighter in the cold emptiness of deep space, and find new life on the distant shores of an alien wor
Kindle Edition, 410 pages
Published January 14th 2018 by Sci-Fi Bridge
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Meenaz Lodhi
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great short stories, all compact. A wonderful way to be introduced to some of new authors whom I’ll follow. Adventures, moral concepts of survival, endurance, humans’ capacity tried to the limits, explorations, some dark, others with a touch of humour... I enjoyed reading this book immensely!
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free ARC of this anthology. All the stories are science fiction; most are half-hour reads. I (and many others) seem to have a hard time reading anthologies. I think the best way is to read a story, then read a full-length book, and then come back instead of reading the anthology all the way through.

There are plenty of editing errors. Some have more than others, and I don’t know if this will be fixed for future editions. Here are brief reviews for each story:

– David VanDyke – “As the
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the Sparks Fly Upward - Enjoyed
Peace Force - Nope
Scrapyard Ship - Enjoyed
Here Be Dragons - Naw; ending no fun at all
The Gordian Asteroid - Nope
The Trenches of Centauri Prime - Enjoyed
Broken One - Enjoyed
The Erkennen Job - 5 stars!
The Firebug and the Pharaoh - 5 stars!
Interview for the End of the World - Sad, but I enjoyed it.
Night Shift - Good
A Friend to Man - Interesting
Queen’s Iris, etc. - Cute
Just Drive - Interesting
Water Babies - 5 stars!
Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints - 5 stars
Saidah Gilbert
I only read Lindsay Buroker's story. All the other authors are unfamiliar to me except two besides Lindsay Buroker and nothing in the titles made me want to read any of the other stories. However, I own the anthology so I guess, eventually I'll read the other stories.

3.5 stars for Lindsay Buroker's story.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not really into short stories and only read them when they are part of a series I've read.
So I only read Here Be Dragons by Lindsay Buroker, which is part of her Fractured Stars series.
In this story McCall Richter is not on one of her usual missions to find a criminal but she chauffeuring her sister McKenzie to the planet Dragons.
It was a great addition to the series and I hope Buroker will write more McCall stories!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because it includes stories by a few of my favorite authors. I loved those, as I expected, and then read the rest of the stories. It was a nice surprise to find that I liked nearly all of them. There's plenty of variety in both the plots and the characters. There was only one story that I didn't care for, and another that wasn't edited well. That's a pretty good score for any collection, about 4 1/2 stars worth.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As with all of these types of Anthologies, you get to sit down and get an intro to a collection of Authors, some you might know, others you might not know, but either way, you get to read some outstanding short stories. For those that you don’t know, it is an opportunity to be introduced to some new works and you can go off and go find their other books to read (and trust me, with this lot, you will definitely want to, between Savage, Buroker, Arenson, Bruno, Anspach, Jansen, Christy and more, t ...more
Eamonn Murphy
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sci-Fi Bridge is an author collective which brings together traditionally published and independent authors, bestsellers and emerging writers (do they hatch from an egg?), to bring the reader good Science Fiction. They have a newsletter and a website.

The collection opens with a fine military space opera in David VanDyke’s ‘As the Sparks Fly Upward’. First Lieutenant Joseph ‘Bull’ Ben Tauros, Earthfleet Marines is woken up by a shrieking alarm on the assault carrier Melita. They’re under attack b
Geoff Parker
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anthologies for me are like tapas. I get little bites of lots of different tasty treats, and none of them are huge or overwhelming. That’s important when I’m tired, or short on time but I want an escape, or an adventure, or a good bedtime story. Bridge Across the Stars is the latest anthology released by Sci-Fi Bridge, and it is their best one yet. I bought a copy as soon as I got a taste of it, and so should you.

Rhett C. Bruno was both the editor and a contributing author for this volume. There
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, sci-fi, 2018
This collection of stories shows of how varied and interesting science fiction can be. The stories range of straight up action stories set in a spaceship, to philosophical stories about what is or is not sentient life, and everything in between. Some are light and fun, some a deep and thought provoking. most, if not all, are straight stories, without the twist in the tale you often get in short stories. All are interesting and worth the time it takes to go through them. Unlike many collections o ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"For those who, today, dream of tomorrow"
This is an astonishingly good anthology of fifteen science fiction stories, some quite short, several of near novella proportions, and all superboy written. The breadth of the story content is also verging on galactic proportions too, so that there will be some to appeal whatever the reader's preferences and I'm betting that, like me, that reader will find almost every one exhilarating, thought provoking and memorable.c

With fifteen stories too many to me
Brent Spurrell
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was very pleasantly surprised as I have never enjoyed "Shorts"! Simply because, if you really get into the story all of a's over and your left angry and annoyed. This was and was not the case here. Another author I correspond with suggested this was (and is) a fabulous way to discover new authors without a great time and cost factor....brilliant!!! It helped also that I recognized many of the authors a number of whom are currently on my TBR stack! I am certain they will now be repo ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
One of the things I love about sci-fi anthologies is discovering new authors and new worlds. “Bridge across the Stars” introduced me to some exceptionally talented authors and captured my imagination with the worlds they created. All of the stories in this collection are first-class and left me wanting to read more by each of them. I loved the diversity of the stories – some made me laugh, some made me consider my assumptions about what makes us human, and some had me on the edge of my seat.

Bonnie Dale Keck
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
kindle unlimited, had gotten away, far far away, another kind of 'space' from reading antholgies and collections but recognized a few names {horrible at names} so checked this one out, and as with any collection there are going to be some like more than others and even possibly don't like at all, but nice collection this time

The universe is dangerous, wondrous—a vast canvas upon which humanity sketches its hopes for the future.

In this anthology, you’ll find seventeen tales of conflict and heroi
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am normally a bit wary of collections of short stories by different authors, as they can be very hit or miss - I often find I only really like a couple of the stories. So when I was offered a review copy of Bridge Across the Stars, I immediately checked the authors' names, and was very pleasantly surprised to see so many names of authors I love!
The collection was a pleasure to read - there was only one story I wasn't so keen on (nothing wrong with it, just me!), but the rest I enjoyed very muc
Mike Crate
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, scifi, anthology
I've been very partial to scifi anthologies in recent years as a gateway to new authors or established authors teasing new or existing works. In this case Bridge Across the Stars: A Sci-Fi Bridge Original Anthology hits the mark perfectly offering up a bunch of new authors for me to sample at a minimal cost and a few recognisable names whose work I've read before.
In this novel there are seventeen stories covering much of what we consider to be science fiction and as you would expect not everyone
Sacha Valero
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
This is a really good anthology, though there is a bit of moral preening which some science fiction writers can't help themselves about. There is pretty much something for everyone who's a fan of sci-fi with short's to novelette length reads. Although the first story is a solid 5 stars from me, most of the better stories came towards the end. My favorite being Queen's Iris which was absolutely hilarious.

Overall a solid 4 stars

As The Sparks Fly Upward by David VanDyke:
5 - Stars

Peace Force by Ann
Melanie S
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, anthology, 2018
A first-class SF short-story anthology

My thanks to the authors who provided me with an ARC. The opinion voluntarily expressed is my own. I've been a SF reader for almost as long as I've been a reader, period. Like most SF fans, I gravitate to the short-story anthologies for a taste of what, and who, is new on the SF horizon. I jumped at the chance to read Bridge Across the Stars, certain I'd find a few gems (and maybe a few turkeys). That's how these collections typically pan out. But instead, I
The Mysterious Reader
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think that these sorts of anthologies are great because they’ll invariably include contributions from authors I know and then introduce me to authors I’ve never read. Here, for example, there were three tales by authors who always deliver stories I love.

First up was Guardians of Earth by Felix R. Savage (in 2160 a Void Dragon ate our Sun; luckily the Void Dragons moved on and mankind had developed the tech needed to turn Jupiter into a dwarf sun and move Earth to its orbit ... but our hero jus
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of anthologies this collection was an incredibly satisfying addition to the Sci-Fi genre.The standouts to me were Interveiw for the End of the World by Rhett C. Bruno which kept me glued to my kindle and was my favorite.Peace Force by Ann Christy was an enjoyable dip back into her LuLu 394 series. I loved all the back story about this world she created.Here be Dragons by Lindsey Buroker was intriguing.Broken One by Josi Russell was incredible and I enjoyed the twist at the end.Take ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this collection thinking that would be all Space Opera and Military SF, and although there's some of that, there was plenty of other SF too... The first story, As the Sparks Fly Upward by David VanDyke, informs the reader that the book in their hands is gonna be top-notch... There are plenty of stories in the collection that will titillate even finicky readers... to mention a few of my favorites David Bruns "Take Only Memories, Leave Only Foot Prints" sorta kinda a park ranger story. ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great Anthology full of action and adventure in space and beyond. I had read some of the authors before so knew it would have some amazing stories just based on them alone. I have to say I enjoyed every story. I really liked that they were all well written and "complete" short stories. A few made me want to go check out some new authors and new series. I liked them all especially as they were all a bit different in tone and story line so each new story I was in for a bit of a surprise. I ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. If you love SciFi, then this is a set of stories you have to get! Add in diverse writers and it gets even better. The variety of the authors and storylines will keep you riveted.

My favorite stories include Interview For The End Of The Earth by Rhett C. Bruno, Guardians Of Earth by Felix R. Savage, and The Firebug And The Pharoah by Daniel Arenson. There is something for everyone. I even found some new authors, new to me anyway, that I want to read more from. You can’t go wrong with r
Ralph Gardner
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Great Anthology to Read!

This anthology has a number of new stories that I really enjoyed. Each one successfully 'creates' a world - a hard thing to do in just a few pages, but which each author succeeds in accomplishing. Some of the Sci-Fi themes are 'traditional' in that past authors have dealt with them - but some are not, at least to me, and I have read Sci-Fi for the past 55+ years. I definitely recommend this anthology and look forward to more from the compilers and authors
Sheila Beitler
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bridge Across The Stars is a very well put together collection of sci fi stories. The stories were fun, sometimes dark, but I enjoyed reading shorts from authors I had never read. No surprise that Guardians Of Earth, my favorite, was written by Felix R Savage, an author I've followed for years. Sequel?? LOL. This collection is something any sci fi aficionado should have in their library. You'll enjoy it.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great group of stories

I should be angry at you,but I'll forgive you.
I now have 13 new writers to research and read what they have written.
I have already read most of Lindsay's work and await more
I have recently started reading short stories again and look forward to reading more. Keep the great stories coming.
Thanks for all the hard work you all have done.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Truly Good Collection

In very few anthologies do I enjoy every story. This is one exception. Even the stories that weren't necessarily in my cup of scifi tea (I like military space opera and adventure) were well written and often thought provoking. It recommend it to anyone who likes scifi or is new to the genre and wants to expand his (or her) interest.
allan graham
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mixed bag

I do enjoy anthologies, especially when I am between author's. Typical mixed bag here, some I liked some not so much, but , we don't all like the same and am always impressed with anyone who will give writing s try. At least three authors i will follow up here so it's a win for me.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love SF, and have since I was young. I'm not normally a great fan of anthologies, but these stories were all very was like putting your toes into a different universe and seeing how things might pan out.

I found the stories all left me wanting more, which is exactly what a good story should do. More than one story could expand to a full novel.
Nancy Weiner
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read.

A fast moving, interesting collection of short stories. All of them are very fast to read but present a variety of scenarios to keep you thinking and entertained. . Not a disappointing story among the collection with indications of further books in a series evident in most of the stories.
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