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by John Joseph Adams (Editor)

Other authors: Dan Abnett (Contributor), Lauren Beukes (Contributor), Tobias S. Buckell (Contributor), Robert Buettner (Contributor), Jack Campbell (Contributor)22 more, Orson Scott Card (Foreword), Ian Douglas (Contributor), Simon R. Green (Contributor), Tanya Huff (Contributor), David Barr Kirtley (Contributor), David Klecha (Contributor), David D. Levine (Contributor), Karin Lowachee (Contributor), Jack McDevitt (Contributor), John Jackson Miller (Contributor), Alastair Reynolds (Contributor), Brandon Sanderson (Contributor), David Sherman (Contributor), Ethan Skarstedt (Contributor), Michael A. Stackpole (Contributor), Genevieve Valentine (Contributor), Carrie Vaughn (Contributor), Jak Wagner (Contributor), Wendy N. Wagner (Contributor), Sean Williams (Contributor), Daniel H. Wilson (Contributor), Christie Yant (Contributor)

Series: Confederation (You Do What You Do : short story)

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Featuring stories from Jack Campbell, Tanya Huff and Alastair Reynolds, this collection imagines the power of armored warriors as they battle at the bottom of the sea, on nightmarish alien worlds and in the darkest depths of space.

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Some quite good stories, mixed in with some fairly pedestrian stories. From glancing at the editor's prefatory comments, I had expected stories that drew inspiration from, built on, or followed in the footsteps of John Steakley's classic novel Armor (one of my all time favorites), but I didn't really sense much of that here..

For me the stand-outs were "Power Armor: A Love Story' by David Barr Kirtley (a new author to me), and "Trauma Pod" by Alistair Reynolds. ( )
  clong | Jul 22, 2017 |
Great collection of short stories about various kinds of armor. Some stories I liked better than others - but overall they were all good. ( )
  kevbayer | Jun 20, 2014 |
This anthology was included in the Hugo Voting Packet as the sample of Adams' work for the short form editor category. As one might expect from the title, the stories are all about powered armour. However, it's not just military powered armor. There are plenty of civilian uses, and some of them get an airing in this book.

Most of the stories are at least readable, and some are excellent. The anthology does suffer a little from the stories starting to seem too much the same after a while, but I think that could be dealt with by not reading the whole thing in a couple of sittings. If sf shorts about powered armour are your thing, this is a nice solid anthology. ( )
  JulesJones | May 31, 2014 |
(This review is based on an ARC.) How to rate an anthology has always been a struggle. Invariably, they end up in the 3-star "I don't know" category. Plus I seldom read all the stories. So for this exercise, I'll give ratings for each story that I actually try to read.


"Hel’s Half-Acre" [a:Jack Campbell|55547|Jack Campbell|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1302415236p2/55547.jpg]
"Jungle Walkers" [a:David Klecha|6456211|David Klecha|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66-251a730d696018971ef4a443cdeaae05.jpg] & [a:Tobias S. Buckell|107891|Tobias S. Buckell|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66-251a730d696018971ef4a443cdeaae05.jpg]

"The Johnson Maneuver" [a:Ian Douglas|4702581|Ian Douglas|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1343233907p2/4702581.jpg]
"The Cat’s Pajamas" [a:Jack McDevitt|73812|Jack McDevitt|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1225722326p2/73812.jpg]


  ricaustria | Apr 5, 2013 |
See my review at Innsmouth Free Press: http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/?p=18188 ( )
  RandyStafford | Jun 20, 2012 |
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Adams, John JosephEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abnett, DanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beukes, LaurenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckell, Tobias S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buettner, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Card, Orson ScottForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglas, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, Simon R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huff, TanyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kirtley, David BarrContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klecha, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levine, David D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lowachee, KarinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDevitt, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, John JacksonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, AlastairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanderson, BrandonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sherman, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Skarstedt, EthanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stackpole, Michael A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valentine, GenevieveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaughn, CarrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, JakContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Williams, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Featuring stories from Jack Campbell, Tanya Huff and Alastair Reynolds, this collection imagines the power of armored warriors as they battle at the bottom of the sea, on nightmarish alien worlds and in the darkest depths of space.

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Armor up for a metal-pounding explosion of action, adventure and amazing speculation by topnotch writers—including Nebula-award winner Jack McDevitt, Sean Williams, Dan Abnett, Simon Green, and Jack Campbell—on a future warrior that might very well be just around the corner. Science fiction readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits of powered combat armor or at the interior controls of giant mechs.
It's an armor-plated clip of hard-hitting tales featuring exoskeleton adventure with fascinating takes on possible future armors ranging from the style of personal power suits seen in Starship Troopers and Halo to the servo-controlled bipedal beast-mech style encountered in Mechwarrior and Battletech.
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