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Space Jockey (Science Fiction Short Stories) (Futura - Science Fiction Short Stories Book 1) (English Edition) di [Dick, Philip K., Skillingstead, Jack, Vasicek, Joself, Budrys, Algis, Pax, M., Whitmore, Scott, Rodgers, Ethan, Von Post, Jonathan, Tymes, Adrian]
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A science fiction anthology, featuring both classic science fiction and brand new science fiction short stories about that danger-filled career of the future… space pilot.

A young pilot thinks he knows the cost of war. Until he opens a forbidden
door…

If you’re piloting a cargo of convicts on Titan, you’re already in trouble. Things can still get worse.

After the war, humanity gave up dreaming of the stars. But not him.

Can a fleet of ships run by citizens stop famine from being used as a
weapon?

Every time he traveled to another world, he lost a little more of himself. Now they wanted him to make one last trip....

And more!

The anthology includes ten short stories, two novelettes, and one full novella, featuring stories by:

Scott Whitmore
Ethan Rodgers
Algis Budrys
Steve Brady
Jonathan Von Post
Adrian Tymes
M. Pax
Tara Maya
Jack Skillingstead
George Zhao
Jillian Romanowski
Philip K. Dick
Andrew Vu
Joself Vasicek

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  • Lunghezza stampa: 315
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  • Editore: Misque Press; 1 edizione (23 settembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00FEPGLB8
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1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Nice mix of stories 23 ottobre 2013
Di Cheryl Stout - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I enjoyed this eclectic mix of fourteen mostly hard science fiction stories/novellas edited by Tara Maya although I tend to prefer space operas.

I liked that there was an introduction to each story, telling something about the author including other works and contact information for most authors.

Some of the stories were just too hard sci fi for me and I found they almost put me to sleep. Luckily there weren't that many of those in the book.

My favorite stories were:
Green Zulu Five One by Scott Whitmore
Farsider by Ethan Rodgers
The Stoker and the Stars by Algis Budrys
2134 by Jillian Romanowski
5.0 su 5 stelle Enjoyable stories from talented authors. 2 gennaio 2014
Di Jillian - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I would recommend this anthology to anyone interested in the Sci-fi genre. It's nice seeing my own story in the mix! Don't pass on this selection of awesome tales.
4.0 su 5 stelle Classically good 19 novembre 2013
Di nameless - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
After having recently finished a wonderful, but intensely emotional and gripping read I needed something like Space Jockey to unwind with and, boy, did the world of hard core science fiction help me out! I don't think I've read much in this genre since the early 1990s when I'd hit every bookstore in sight looking for Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson and Kim Stanley Robinson. I'm glad to have had the chance to read a collection such as this one!

Though a bit clinical at times, Space Jockey gave me exactly what I was looking for: a compact but nevertheless still engaging set of stories to take me away from this world and plop me in someone else's. Because, as Tara Maya writes in the foreword, "you can consider your own angle and create your own future" with science there's a certain 'anything can happen (within the possibilities of science)' mentality that makes sci fi one of the most fun genres to read.

There is a lot offered here, but as with most anthologies, readers will often have their most favorites. I particularly enjoyed Adrian Tymes' "AFK (Away From Keyboard)," Steve Brady's "Going Hyperdown," Jonathan Von Post's "Garrett Lisi's Exceptionally Simple Theory of E8 Stardrive," Tara Maya's "Food, Peace, Power" and Jullian Romanowski's "2134."

Words like "solid" and "dependable" floated through my head as I was finishing with Space Jockey. Maybe that sounds kind of unimaginative, or even dull, but I mean it in the best way possible. Though space and space ships abound throughout and a certain amount of hard succinctness touches each story, that doesn't mean this isn't a worthy read and there's something to be said for going into a book knowing exactly what you're getting.

I like that humor ("AFK," "Going Hyperdown") and even some young adult romance ("2134") makes surprise appearances. Science fiction fans, especially of the classic writers, will not be disappointed.
4.0 su 5 stelle Good collection of space travel stories 1 novembre 2013
Di D.Berdanis - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
I haven't read something like this in quite awhile and realized I missed it. Reminds me of reading Niven and Asimov collections in the past.

Some of the stories were beyond me from a science level but others who can comprehend the science might enjoy those stories.

My list of favorites includes:

Green Zulu Five One
by Scott Whitmore
Good story with good emotional impact.

Farsider
by Ethan Rodgers
Another good space crew story. Good characterization. Good storyline.

The Stoner and the Stars
by Algis Budrys
Excellent story. Can't get enough of Algis and it is so rare for me to find one of his stories. With Algis you know he is looking at things differently that what most people see. The fun is in watching him reveal his perspective to you as you continue to read along.

Paxior
By Tara Maya
Good terrorism/freedom fighter treatment.

2134
by Jillian Romanowski
Good coming of age story.

Mr. Spaceship
By Philip K. Dick
Good myth story. Must say the lame title must have been forced on him by a publisher long ago.

Definitely worth your time if you enjoy stories of space travel, exploration, interacting with other worlds, etc.
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4.0 su 5 stelle The Brain is a Muscle so Work it! 26 settembre 2013
Di Furman O. Ashley - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
UPDATE: You Know, I did not think to mention it until I came back and saw the review by David M. Chess so I would have to put in the same information: I received a free advance reading copy of this to review but since no money was involved and would most likely have not made a difference in my review in any case I feel what I've written below stands on its own in any case.

Overall Thoughts: As a whole, I liked Space Jockey. As claimed, if you're looking for something to widen your view with a little bit of everything, this is a book to read. Not everything appealed to me but then it would not be a "wide" variety if it did. I have to say that my two favorites have to be "Paxior" by Tara Maya and "Semper Audacia" by M. Pax but I like reading new and different in the hopes of expanding understanding. The bottom line is new different reading provides many new and different possibilities and that is why I love SF more than most any other genre.

1. Green Zulu Five One - Scott Whitmore: A good short story with a different take (most likely a true look at our future) on armed combat. It also provides a great firsthand look at how going on rumor and assumptions usually ends in a military environment. The only thing I did not like? I wish it was at least a few pages longer. It was like reading the first few pages of a book, just enough to know it was going to be a really good book and then you find all of the remaining pages blank. Still a great read though.

2. Farsider - Ethan Rodgers: A sad story about a pilot in a bad place with no options but much more a story about the greatest power we know of in our world today, the human brain and it's unstoppable ability to adjust to any situation, adapt, overcome, persevere and all by holding on to the smallest piece of hope, even if it's not really there anymore. An interesting read.

3. The Stoker and the Stars - Algis Budrys: Not a bad story, a little rambling for me with a lot of detail on not so relevant stuff and a little less detail than I would have liked about the two primary people in the story. It did put a nice new twist on an old fact that too many people insist on ignoring these days and that is don't judge a book by its cover.

4. Going Hyperdown - Stephen Brady: I guess my brain is too small but this was a confusing collection of big words and big explanations used to describe an individual's expanding understanding and comprehension of their surroundings. Made worse because it was all in an effort to describe that individual's expanding understanding bringing them to a centuries old comprehension of expansion by war versus peaceful exploration. Maybe I just need to be a little smarter to get more enjoyment out of this short story because it just felt like time I'll never get back.

5. Garrett Lisi's Exceptionally Simple Theory of E8 Stardrive - Jonathan Vos Post: Wow, I thought "Going Hyperdown" was for very smart people but that goes double for this one. I was out of my depth trying to follow any of this and ended up "speed reading" after about half way through. It felt like a history lesson rolled into a math lesson that helps you realize you've accidentally sat down in a doctorate class instead of your third grade classroom. I got the base story and outcome but it was not worth the headache to get to it.

6. AFK (Away From Keyboard) - Adrian Tymes: A nice introduction to the possible birth of real AI and made better in using the never to fail collection of random seemingly irrelevant events colliding to make it happen. An interesting read.

7. Paxior - Tara Maya: I have to say reading this story, it felt good to be home! That is home to my favorite reading genre of Military based Science Fiction. This was a great story line with a great lead character. Showing that no matter where or when you are, it is still always such a real pain dealing with any type of organized "system" because most of the reasons you can't do something are never the real ones. Knowing that and trying your best to still do what is right is another of many ways to be a hero when you see something is wrong and trying to change it no matter what. A great read.

8. Dead Worlds - Jack Skillingstead: My wonderful wife would never believe it but I can enjoy a love story just as well as the next person. Granted that only works with a few stipulations and I think this story had them all. It can't be run of the mil boy meets girl. It has to have some kind of SF base. It can't be so routine that you know what is happening before you can read it. This was a unique story in itself and adding a unique relationship on top of that made it a hit. A great read.

9. 2134 - Jillian Romanowski: This one has a love story too but a little more mundane with the good old high school level thought process of "my life is ending!" right into "my life is wonderful!" but I did enjoy the overall story line of not wanting to but having to walk into the unknown for the good of others solely based on the uncaring bad of others that came before you. Interesting read.

10. The End of the Universe - Andrew Vu: A different view of what we don't know about "out there" and an interesting view. I liked that portion of the story, I just thought it took a little too long in describing the effects of a long solemn journey can have to get there. Interesting read.

11. Mr. Spaceship - Phillip Dick: A different twist to a very old story. Good writing that kept me reading start to finish without "looking for the end" with a healthy dose of the age old adage that no plan survives first contact. Interesting read.

12. Eyes on the Universe - George Zhao: A nice story line except for my personal preferences, not so much toward the style of jumping back and forth between the past and the present. I know the whole point is at some future time, there may be no difference between backward, forward and anything else we come up with but I'm old school, what can I say. Interesting read.

13. Semper Audacia - M. Pax: Another fine example of Military SF work! I loved the "never say die" determination of an honorable soldier trying to do her job the best that she can. I also love the vivid descriptions and use of something as simple as self-motivation (just one more step) brought to a whole new level. A great read.

14. Star Wanderers: Outworlder - Joe Vasicek: A great story of the human condition. No matter when or where we are humans seem to have a knack for making things a lot harder than they have to be. The good part is that most times, the stars align properly and we finally see what was there all along. Realizing we were looking for it so hard, we missed it and the reason why? I think it is the only way we can really appreciate what we finally have. A great story.
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