Haven't read this one yet but like Three Body Problem, it's on my Xmas list. Military Sci-Fi doesn't get much lovin' from the genre community, outside of the Baen lounges and a few outposts such as the Burger.
War Stories looks a solid anthology, with some of the contributers having served in one military branch or another. I'm not sure if there's an Australian distributor for the hardback, which comes from Apex in the US. (Note, I earlier identified Apex as a UK company, but Murph put me to rights). If not, the ebook is definitely the way to go. Five bucks, instead of thirty.
It's got a near perfect score on GoodReads and a nice write up here:
Norwich University's Andrew Liptak has pulled together — along with his coeditor, Jaym Gates — a collection of lean, absorbing and well-executed prose that was authored, in part, by those who have experienced war firsthand or have a working familiarity with military life.
Accordingly, War Stories places the emphasis less on alien battlegrounds and futuristic military gadgets than on very human, or humanlike, soldiers who wage war, and the toll it exacts on their psyches.
Escapist fiction it's not.
"The point of this anthology was not to champion war but to stand back and look at it on a broad canvas, and do so in a way that people find interesting and entertaining," explains Liptak, a 2007 Norwich grad who currently works as student-services adviser for the military university's online graduate program.
War Stories is divided into four sections: "Wartime Systems," "Combat," "Armored Force" and "Aftermath."