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The Expanding Universe 4: Space Adventure, Alien Contact, & Military Science Fiction (Science Fiction Anthology)

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Twenty remarkable stories. Twenty award winning & bestselling authors. One incredible science fiction collection to awaken your mind to infinite possibilities. Aliens, snipers, warships, royalty, intrigue. Battles fought with railguns, plasma beams, and blasters--with words--or even only within the mind.

The universe is expanding, and these are its fantastic stories, beyo
Kindle Edition, 478 pages
Published September 15th 2018 by LMBPN Publishing
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Currently this review is just for the Nebula award-nominated novelette "Messenger" by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi, which has a Pacific Rim vibe going, but in a much darker way. Since I have a goal to read all of the Nebula nominees in the short fiction category that I can, and right now this whole SF collection is just 99c on Kindle, my inner cheapskate approved me buying the anthology, and I may even get to the other stories sometime. But no promises!

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The Expanding Universe 4: Information War - a review by Rosemary Kenny

he 4th Expanding Universe, sci-fi anthology contains 20 wonderfully varied tales, including Breaker by David VanDyke, Endpoint by Mikey Campling, Darkened skies by Drew Avera, Skin Suits by Justin Bell and one of my favourites, Information War, by Emperor of the Expanding Universe, Craig Martelle.
Research journalist Kenny Freeman gets the scoop of a lifetime when the President of the United States asks for people to fund a col
Saundra Wright
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic chance to get aquainted with 20 great writers for a bargain price. I enjoyed all the stories, and though I have my favorite authors, I'm sure you will find your own. So dive in now! Rather than pick and choose, I'll briefly review the first four of these great stories.

Information War by Craig Martelle

When a big story breaks what shoud you believe? The first thing you hear? Why are there so many conflicting reports? Why do news channels feel the need to spin the news for us, tell us w
J.R. Handley
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Today my book review will be a bit different, I’m going over a massive collection of short stories in this anthology. I was included in Volume 3, so I was confident in the quality I would find. Since the collection has 31 short stories, we couldn’t review them all. My co-host for the Sci-Fi Shenanigans Podcast, Chris Winder, picked the ones we reviewed. Click here to listen to us break down this anthology. To keep it fresh, I’ve added some here that we didn’t discuss. I hope that you
Jon Auerbach
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Messenger by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R Virdi. It's a different take on the mecha vs. giant monster story, a blend of Pacific Rim and Neon Genesis Evangelion. I would definitely be interested in more stories in this world.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Lights Out"
This book boasts some real heavy hitters in the sci-fi writing world. But I really bought the book to read Kayelle Allen's "Lights Out." This story introduces the Ultras and the Ghosts as warriors locked in a war to save or to destroy mankind. The Ultras were created by man to serve—to build, to labor, to fight their wars. Then the Ultras—who are immortal—became strong enough t revolt. Ghosts are humans who agree to be reanimated after death in order to continue the fight. Ghosts kil
Bonnie Dale Keck
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
kindle unlimited, I have read some of the other compilations, main thing for me is not really into space operas really, but there were some interesting stories along with the not so interesting but I did cut some slack since mainly pulled it to see what Mikey's story was, plus since amazon says a 3 is 'bad' didn't want to go down that road again, and with anthologies added into mix of not being overly fond of space/military opera, but was 'enough' interesting ones to be okay though okay is a 3, ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book with several stories concerning soldiers who find themselves in seemingly impossible and adverse conditions. These conditions lead to very graphic depictions of the human condition on the verge of death and death itself. The conditions that are written by the authors are very very believable, even though they are written with science fiction in mind, and the characters are very well thought out, very well developed, and very well suited for the particular environment that they are ...more
Mike W.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Twenty stories, so a fair value for the cost. My favorites, due to characters, storytelling, dialog...

"Checkmate" by Jonathan P. Brazee
"Breaker" by David VanDyke
"Unexpected Bounty" by Terry Mixon
"The Burden of Honor" by Kevin McLaughlin
"The Spike" by Nathan Mutch
"Lights Out" by Kayelle Allen
"Daughters of Ayor" by David R. Bernstein
"A Little Surprise" by P. R. Adams
Jens Hieber
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mixed bag. Some of the stories were absolutely brilliant (Skin Suits, Checkmate, Messenger, Alaska's Vengeance). Others weren't quite as good. Overall, a strong collection and great examples of how SF, especially military SF can be engaging.
Howard Brazee
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Anthology, some stories I liked quite a bit, others I liked OK. The sub-title is accurate.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really, I only read The Messenger.
Clarissa Gosling
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stunning collection of short stories. All so different and yet all resonated with me. I'm struggling to choose a favourite!
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
Some of the stories were pretty good, others not so much. It's hard to remember which ones after so many stories and authors.
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