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War Stories. eds Liptak & Gates

Posted November 7, 2014 into Books by John Birmingham

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."

7 Responses to ‘War Stories. eds Liptak & Gates’

Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted November 7, 2014
Actually, Apex Publications is based in Lexington, Kentucky and run by Jason Sizemore. Their magazine component, Apex Magazine, purchased The Limb Knitter back in 2008.

Aside from that, I am aware of this anthology.

The less I say beyond that, probably the better.

On the Outer Marches

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John Birmingham reckons...

Posted November 7, 2014
Hmm. How odd. All the sites I went looking at sent me to the UK, for this.

Anyway, I stand corrected.

Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted November 7, 2014
Tis not a problem. The two reasons I pointed out are as follows:

1. I've done business with that company.
2. Tis sorta my job.

Errors happen. Tis the way of things. At least it didn't happen to you in front of a lecture hall full of students.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted November 7, 2014

This one is my summer reading list as well. Hoping I can entice the_weapon to take a short break whilst plowing through the complete Warhammer 40000 novels (Dan Abnett a favourite author) to read something different.

He is somewhat of a completest and wants to finish them all before moving on

Don't know where he gets that from

so I am hoping this will be attractive enough to provide a distraction. The school text books he is offered aren't exactly winning him over, Diary of a part-time Indian, Holes. One of next years texts is Scott Westerfield but he has already read that one.

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Lobes mutters...

Posted November 8, 2014
That reminds I have prepurchased the three body problem. Must connect the old kindle sometime and see if it downloads. It just comes automatically right?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 8, 2014
No. It isn't automatic. Not for you. It only works for the virtuous.

Barnesm mutters...

Posted November 9, 2014
Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

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